Report: Art After Dark
clarissa | Sep 3, 2013 | 11:30AM |
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All words: Jade Salazar
All photos: Clarissa Villondo

The Art Museum of The Americas‘ annual Art After Dark event was met with great fanfare last Thursday. It was my first time ever on the grounds at The Organization of American States or the event itself and from the moment I walked in, I could understand why the party fast became a DC staple.

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The landscape of the OAS was breathtaking and beautiful and as played out as it is by now, the gardens surrounded by beautiful architecture and fountains made you instantly feel as if you were at a Gatsby party–a r real one though, not the one your friend threw in their basement after the movie release. From the moment I walked in, alcohol was flowing and Nellie’s was kind enough to sponsor a vodka bar which was also well equipped with wine.

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At the beginning, everyone mingled and met up with friends, getting a chance to hear DJ Shea, of Mixtape glory, do his set and take in the event. Most also took that time to wander around and check out the “Fusion” art installation or sign up for AMA memberships.

Right about the time everyone was getting comfortable, Dangerous Muse took the stage. Over the years, Dangerous Muse has turned from two friends playing music to an entire collection of traveling artists putting on a show of music, fashion and performance art. Frontman Mike Furey explained this during his interview with BYT last week but it was something you had to see to believe.

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The band started their set by giving the AAD attendees an advanced screening of their new music video “Fame Kills” by displaying it on the building. The rest of the performance featured music from their EP “Red,” the first of three EPs that will make their first full length album, a display of visuals being projected onto the building by Mojo Videotech and of course, the incredible dancers and performance artists running around the stage in elaborate costumes. The performance was definitely an eye opener and I saw more people with their mouths agape or their cameras out than I saw dancing, in a good way.

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The night ended with another DJ set. At this point everyone had already enjoyed their drinks, been to the food trucks lined up outside at least once, given up on trying to walk gracefully in the gravel and taken pictures of themselves and friends amongst the beautiful backdrop. At this point in the evening, everyone just let go and relaxed and danced; there were definitely a few songs played that made my friend and I jump up and down as they shot us straight back to high school.

The night ended with people slowly trickling out and getting in their free Uber ride home. Those who were worn out got a free ride home and those who were still beaming from the excitement of the night got their ride to Nellie’s for the official Art After Dark Afterparty. All in all, the evening was definitely a night to remember and an incredibly unique experience for D.C.

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