Washington D.C.

“The Ritz”

It was fitting that the dilapidated ruin chosen for the site of this collaborative attack on the current administration is called the Ritz; this derelict hotel not only picks up on the present government’s nostalgic Hollywood/tuxedo fantasies, but in its miserable fall from the pretensions of its name effects the same contrast of reality with false promises that the name Reagan does for the artists here.

The show’s location was also effective. Near the F.B.I. offices, within walking distance of the Capitol, one felt that government would almost hear the racket it set up. Like the Times Square Show of a few years ago, this project, sponsored by the Washington Project for the Arts and New York’s Collaborative Projects, Inc., was noteworthy for its energy level: every millimeter of flaking plaster and rotting board was smothered with spray, stencil, or scribble. Wigs were hung around a window

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