“We were a gang of young artists who had nothing to lose, and as a result we had the power to accomplish anything that we could think of.” –Walter Robinson, 2015
In 1983, WPA teamed up with the NYC artist collective Colab on the Ritz Project. Over the course of a month, they took over a dilapidated 40-room hotel at 920 F St NW and filled it with art—visual art, sound, music, film and video, fashion, and performance. The venture brought together anti-establishment artists from two of the nation’s urban art centers to challenge Washington’s elitist culture.
The Ritz Project is just one of many similarly anarchic moments documented in this wonderful publication on Colab, whose light burned bright from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. Published in 2011 on the occasion of a survey show at Printed Matter, it is filled with photos, flyers, artwork, and remembrances by the group’s many members.
To purchase a copy, click here.
March 2, 2017