The Final Girl and Video Store

The Final Girl was an exhibition organized by Adam Dwight, Video Artist and Illustrator, meditating on the conventions of the horror and psychedelic film within the context of a video store installation. The project included an exhibition of works in various mediums, a video viewing lounge, and a video store where visitors could rent DVD compilations and standalone DVDs of various artists' video works surrounding the show's premise. 

Participating Artists

(Exhibition + Video Rental Store): Mark Behme, Christopher Fuentez, Ryan Hill, Victoria F. Gaitan, Felipe Goncalves, Linda Hesh, James Huckenpahler, Mike Johnson, Peter Killeen, Marissa Long,  Rob Parrish, Bonner Sale, Shalo p, Adrien Varallyay, Zac Willis, Andrew Wodzianski, Luke Wyatt
(Video Lounge): Stephen Ausherman, Jeremy Beaudry, Brett Bergmann, Christopher Cassidy, Terry Berlier + Luciano Chessa, Christine Chin, Andrew Berry, Maria Elena Brodeur, Sarah Watkins, Mary Helena Clark, Adam Cruces, John Davis, Clint Enns, McLean Fahnestock, Giada Ghiringhelli, Sabine Gruffat, Henry Gwiazda, Mary Hill, Thom Heileson and Wyndel Hunt, Gautam Kansara, Selina Loper, Jeannette Louie. Lilianne Milgrom, Sean Niesen, Aaron Oldenburg, Leah Peterson, Ian Alexander Scott, Julia Kim Smith, Dmitry Strakovsky, Claudia X. Valdes, Roland Wegerer

About the Exhibition

The Final Girl explored themes of feminism in the electronic visual age, exploiting cinematic conventions of the horror genre, which is notoriously known for its ambiguous treatment of the female narrative center. Instead of focusing on horror and psychedelia as tools for populist consensus and social anxiety, the exhibition raised questions about these genres' grotesque and celebratory treatment of the female body.

  • Blood, Boobs & Beast Documentary Screening + Discussion with Director, John Kinhart: June 16, 2011 6:30-8:30pm 
  • Performance Double Feature Night: June 23, 6-8pm Animations by Ryan Hill + Ken Moss on guitars by Mark Behme FEED ME performance by Jon Lee


Coup d’Espace is WPA’s member-generated programming series. By inviting member artists and curators to plan installations, exhibitions, and events in its office project space, WPA provides a venue for unusual collaborations, exploration of new concepts, and the production of new and experimental work. Coup d’Espace allows artists and curators to utilize the WPA office as a laboratory or workshop space, to introduce new and in-process projects and present challenging ideas.  

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June 3 – 24, 2011 


2023 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Opening reception

June 3, 2011, 6-8pm