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Twisted Teenage Plot

April 2 through May 29, 2016

Coinciding with a retrospective of Kevin MacDonald, the Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents the second exhibition in it's space: Twisted Teenage Plot.

Besides being an excellent artist, MacDonald also played in bands, most notably Twisted Teenage Plot. The Alper Initiative exhibition will showcase visual artists who played in bands in Washington in the late 70s and early 80s, including Robin Rose, Joe White, Dick Bangham, Clark Fox (aka Michael Clark), Michael Barron, Judith Watkins Tartt, JW Mahoney, Steve Ludlum, Root Boy Slim, Michael McCall, and Michael Reidy.

In addition to the artist's visual work, the exhibition will include sound recordings, posters, videos, and memorabilia from the bands these artists were a part of: Urban Verbs, Root Boy Slim, Tiny Desk Unit, The Examiners, Twisted Teenage Plot, (the) Razz, and The Slickee Boys. 

An exhibition catalog for Twisted Teenage Plot will be available through the museum book store. 

Follow the Alper Initiative on Facebook for updates on Twisted Teenage Plot events

Related Events

April 2, 5-6 pm: Gallery Talk

April 2, 6-9 pm: Spring Opening Reception

Free and open to the public.

May 5, 5:30-7:30: Free Parking: Salon Style Conversation at the Alper

Free, open to the public. RSVP required. Space is limited.

May 21, 6-7 pm: Gallery Talk for Kevin MacDonald: The Tension of a Suspended Moment. Immediately followed by a jam session featuring special guest artists. 

Additional Resources

Read the Twisted Teenage Plot catalog, with statements and biographies of the exhibitions artists/band members.

DCist "When Art and Punk Collide" from April 1, 2016

Washingtonian "New Exhibit Showcases Visual Artists in DC's Early Punk and New Wave Music Scene" from April 1, 2016

WETA "Around Town" discuss Twisted Teenage Plot and other exhibitions

Read Washington City Paper's 'Twisted Teenage Plot' by Kevin MacDonald, Reviewed

Michael Reidy, Portrait of Kevin MacDonald incorporating his drawing, Reflections, The Embassy

Michael Reidy, Portrait of Kevin MacDonald incorporating his drawing, Reflections, The Embassy, 1981.
Pencil, color pencil, and collage.
Courtesy of the artist.


JW Mahoney, House

JW Mahoney, House, 1984.
Xerographic reproduction on Japanese paper.
Courtesy of the artist.


Clark Fox, Portrait of Pamela Webster

Clark Fox, Portrait of Pamela Webster, 1979-1982.
Oil on canvas.
Courtesy of the artist.


Twisted Teenage Plot album cover

Twisted Teenage Plot album cover designed by Clark Fox


Twisted Teenage Plot photo

From the Washington Review, June/July 1985. Photo by Mary Swift. Twisted Teenage Plot from left to right: Kevin MacDonald, Robin Rose, Robert Goldstein, Joe White, Judith Watkins Tartt and Clark Fox.


Twisted Teenage Plot live performanceTwisted Teenage Plot live performance


Twisted Teenage Plot live performance

Twisted Teenage Plot live performance in Lafayette Park and D.C. space