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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 05/16/2007

Getting in on the After-Hours Action

By Julia Beizer

Those seeking proof that the District hungers for a late-night museum scene need look no further than the Hirshhorn After Hours event in early March. DJ Ian Svenonius laid down some wicked beats and museum-goers dished over drinks and Lite-Brite machines. The event sold out early and a few folks were turned away at the door.

The Hirshhorn hosts another one of these soirees this Friday night between 8 p.m. and midnight. With dancing, drinks and a night-time opportunity to check out the new Wolfgang Tillmans exhibit, this event promises all the great attributes of the last one, but a sell-out's less likely. March's event took place indoors, so the museum could only accommodate 1,600 people. This time -- if the weather cooperates -- New York's DJ Spencer Product will spin danceable tunes outside on the museum's plaza expanding the capacity to accommodate 900 more people.

This is not to say that people should hold off on buying tickets. If it rains, the event will be moved indoors and fewer people will be able to get in. If you're sure you want to go, save yourself the drama and buy tickets in advance -- either online or over the phone at 202-633-4629. If you buy over the phone, tickets are only $10. Tickets bought on site are $12.

Tillmans, a celebrated photographer who's equally adept at portraits of club kids and abstract shots of photo paper, will be in attendance. Want a preview of the work on display? Check out Post critic Blake Gopnik's review of the show and our gallery of images from the exhibition.


By Julia Beizer  | May 16, 2007; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  Museums  
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The National Museum of Women in the Arts also had an after hours event in March--VJ/DJ: After Hours at NMWA. Despite running out of snacks it was a great event. I hope they do more.

Posted by: NMWA | May 17, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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