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If you’re looking for some culture over cocktails, you can’t beat tonight’s Art After Dark event at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), part of the United Nations-like Organization of American States (OAS). Now in its fourth year, the outdoor soiree has become the museum’s chief source of revenue for exhibitions, with a fundraising goal of $30,000. And this year, the museum will actually be open during the nightly event, allowing people to see the full collection of modern Latin American and Caribbean art as well as the current special exhibition Fusion: Tracing Asian Migration to the Americas.
“I think it’s a really nice time to have fun and see the museum and experience the OAS in a way that most times the public can’t,” Jonathan Goldman, an exhibition designer at AMA who helped put together the party, tells Metro Weekly. And it is a party: Leading local DJ Shea Van Horn will spin tunes all night, and the stirring queer Depeche Mode- and Soft Cell-inspired electro-pop band Dangerous Muse will perform a 45-minute set that will also include the premiere of its new music video “Fame Kills” and a fashion film Walk for Me. But video art by various artists will be projected onto OAS’s neo-colonial main building throughout the night.
The party winds down shortly after midnight, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wind down with it. You can head up and across town to Nellie’s Sports Bar, which is donating vodka for the Art After Dark event and then hosting the event’s official After Party, with tunes by veteran Nellie’s DJ Don T, until closing time.
But after the Art After Dark After Party? You’re on your own.
Art After Dark is tonight, Aug. 29, from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., at the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Tickets, including drinks, are $25, or $45 for VIP, allowing early and express access plus a private bar. Call 202-370-0147 or visit amamuseum.org.