“I’ve been dreaming of this day since the very first time I saw Crack,” says Kevin Hull, manager of special programs at the Hirshhorn Museum. Hull is in charge of its three-times-a-year nighttime event “After Hours.” This Friday, July 23, Hull has worked with Shea Van Horn to recreate, in a sense, the zany, anything-goes show Crack. Van Horn hosts Crack as his drag alter-ego Summer Camp several times a year at Town Danceboutique.
When Hull saw the first Crack show at DC9 four years ago, he thought it would be perfect for the Hirshhorn.
“Out of all the Smithsonian Museums, the Hirshhorn has a much larger local audience, with repeat visitors, what you might call fans.” With a focus on modern art, even avant-garde, the Hirshhorn can also get away with more adventurous and risqué programming than other museums. “After Hours” is the only time the museum is open past 5:30 p.m. It stays open until 10 p.m., followed by performances and “dancing under the stars” around the donut-shaped museum’s center fountain.
DJs Matt Bailer of Mixtape and Bill Todd of Raw will spin, there will be several live performances in addition to Summer Camp and a screening of a new Crack digital video, plus humorous video projections by Richard Sawka and Erik Loften throughout.
Hull says the always gay-friendly event will likely “be gayer” than before. “It’s most definitely campier than what we’ve done before.”
After Hours is Friday, July 23, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave. and 7th St. SW. Tickets are $18 for non-members and must be purchased in advance. Call 202-633-4629 or visit hirshhorn.si.edu/afterhours.