Rubell Museum: What’s Going On
What’s Going On brings together more than 190 works by 50 artists who are responding to pressing social and political issues that continue to affect society today.
The title of the show references Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 album of the same name and its anthemic titular single, which decried injustice and other social ills. Gaye was a student at the long-closed Randall Junior High School, which has been converted into the Rubell Museum.
Dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Rubell Museum reinvigorates the 1906 building of the former Randall Junior High School, a historically Black public school in Southwest DC, which has been converted by the New York-based firm Beyer Blinder Belle Architects to house the new museum.
Totaling 32,000 square feet, the museum preserves the original layout of the historic school. What were once classrooms and teachers’ offices have been transformed into galleries with artwork that provides perspectives, insights, and commentary on contemporary ideas and issues.
Cost: $78 Members, $94 Non-members
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