Art collectors are opening their homes for Transformer

The 2022 edition of Collector’s View – a series of receptions organized by DC art collectors – kicked off on May 5 at the town house of Embassy Row by Carole Feld and David C. Levy. Transformer, a non-profit platform for new visual artists, which runs the gallery at 1404 P St. NW, will present three more events this Thursday night.

“This is kind of our inauguration of entertainment,” said Feld, a former senior vice president of PBS who owns her own consulting firm, BrandshopDC. The secretary of the Transformers Committee, she and Levy, longtime head of the Corcoran Art Museum and College, whose company – focused on organizations in the arts and higher education – is called Objective Focus, mingled with dozens of Transformers supporters at the event. Towards the end of the evening, Basset Princess Ozma appeared.

In addition to the dining room table, where guests over glasses of white wine chose items from the buffet with sushi and dumplings, the second floor was filled to the brim with paintings, sculptures and collectibles (many of them found on eBay).

“A little idiosyncratic, a little weird,” that’s how Levy described the collection, pointing with sticks from the stairs. Considering the dense interweaving of representative paintings, African art objects and, oddly enough, vendors and patented models of cast iron stoves, several participants recalled the stunning juxtapositions on the walls of the Barnes Foundation.

Holding what was a short lecture on art history, Levy explained that he inherited African art from his father, the Cubist and Expressionist painter Edgar Levy, among many from the early 20th artists (from Picasso) who drew inspiration from what was then considered “primitive” art. Highlights include paintings by his father and mother, Lucille Corcos, an artist who supported the family as a highly regarded illustrator. Corcos was given the task of designing a mural of the Hudson River for the World Trade Center that remained unfinished after her death in 1973, Levy said. Another intriguing footnote he shared: many of his father’s paintings include autopsy scenes; he was fascinated by the rough anatomy, which he learned while working in the morgue of Harlem Hospital.

Other works in the eclectic collection include Levy’s godparents, famous sculptors David Smith and Dorothy Dehner, and friends like proto-pop artist Larry Rivers. Calderesque cell phones hanging from the ceiling are Levy’s own creations, Feld pointed out.

Transformer co-founder Victoria Reis, the organization’s executive and artistic director, was clearly thrilled with her return to personal programming. Until May 21, the P Street Gallery is showing “Shared Words, Split Catfish and Sweet Tea: An Open Platform for Discussion”, a website-specific installation by New York-based artist Azikiwe Mohammed. The working hours of the gallery are from Wednesday to Saturday, from 12 to 6 p.m. The next public event related to the exhibit is “Let’s Eat: A Sustainable Family Meal”, a joint picnic at Logan Circle Park on Saturday, May 14, 2 to 4 p.m.

The remaining three events in the Collector’s View series, sponsored by Long & Foster, are: May 12 at the home of Tara and Steve Goldenberg on Capitol Hill; May 19 at Wesley Heights home of Sylvia Ripley and Christopher Addison; and May 26 at the Kalorama home of Virginia Shore and Tom Hardart. Tickets for each are $ 75. Tickets are available at

Joking that she started Transformer at the age of 10, Reis pointed out that 2022 is Transformer’s 20th anniversaries. She announced that a retrospective exhibition will be held at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of George Washington University in November, along with the Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party.

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