There was a lot to do in D.C. this weekend. Between the Funk Parade and the EU Open House, you had a lot to choose from when it came to big, raucous events. Maybe you spent all day dancing on U Street. Or you stood in a line that went down the block to hang out with the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders at the British Embassy. But if you didn’t go to Hirshhorn Spring Gala after party, you missed out on one of the weirdest and most delightful things I’ve ever seen in D.C.

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As the farewell party for Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s (one of the best exhibits we saw in 2018), the Hirshhorn brought together some killer 80’s music, Jeff Koons and tons of dessert (seriously, there were dessert tables everywhere) for a night of true 80’s-style excess. The highlight of the evening was a performance piece by Jennifer Rubell (you can read our interview with her here), that included real live circus clowns forcing people to perform ridiculous tasks for chocolate. It was so weird and so good in all the right ways.

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