Culture House DC


Culture House DC, previously known as Blind Whino, is a magnet for unbridled creativity and a vibrant events destination in its own right. Blind Whino is transitioning to Culture House, a place dedicated to creating spaces for community and shining a spotlight on local culture, all in the name of redefining Washington, D. C. for a new generation. Culture House will introducing new events, host residencies for local businesses, showcase internationally relevant art collections and upgrading the facility to be a go-to destination for private events in DC. Culture House officially launches in Spring 2019 as a collective of creatives across all artistic mediums - visual, musical, food, and performance.


Bringing experiential fine art to Culture House, Mark Kelner’s multimedia exhibit "Solaris: Shelter For The Next Cold War" builds upon his highly praised installation, which initially debuted at Umbrella. His work embraces iconography informed by his Russian immigrant upbringing in the US and will include an immersive fallout shelter environment. “Satire on the brink of surrealism is the only way to understand the times we live in,” writes Kelner. This new and expanded version of the exhibition includes newly-made pieces and installations along with several other never-exhibited pieces. In addition to the Shelter, the exhibition will feature an immservice room of Kelner's "Solaris" body of work based on Soviet propaganda poster art. The exhibition will include a slate of programs including concerts and dance parties, public art programs, curatorial tours and Q&As with the artist and curator Zachary Paul Levine, and more. Follow @culturehousedc for details on special programming (like vodka tastings, dance parties, and curatorial Q+As) through the show’s closing on July 7.

Satellite locations set their own dates and hours for their programming, and may not have the same dates or hours as official By The People events. If you have any questions about programming or accessibility, please contact satellite locations directly.


June 19th: Branding, Propaganda, or Both? (Artist Talk / Round Table)

A roundtable discussion looking at design in advertising and politicly messaging — for good and for ill — and how Mark Kelner’s art uses surrealism and satire to understand the visual culture of power today. Featuring the artist in conversation with experts on political branding in the United States and Russia. 

Round Table Guests: 

·       Mark Kelner (Artist) 

·       Zachary Paul Levine (Curator and Project Director)

·       Sergei A Samoilenko (Instructor in public relations; crisis communication; reputation management; strategic communication; propaganda studies at George Mason University)

·       Ben Ostrower (Founder & Creative Director of Wide Eye)

The program will be a one-hour round-table discussion on the fuzzy line between advertising and messaging in capitalist consumerism, and propaganda generally, with a particular focus on Russia and the Soviet Union. The conversation will use Solaris - Shelter for the Next Cold War as a lens for exploring this question. 


  • Exhibition viewing 6:30-7:00
  • Program 7-8
  • Additional exhibition viewing 8-9:00
  • RSVP


June 22nd: Cold War Dance Party

To commemorate Mark Kelner's acclaimed exhibit Solaris: Shelter For The Next Cold War and in celebration of By The People Festival’s closing weekend, Culture House is hosting a Cold War Dance Party on Saturday June 22nd.

Produced by JAB, with financial support from Collection14, a landmark DC project brought to you by Madison Investments, the party will feature a happy hour/exhibit viewing on the first floor (including vodka tastings and bar/food for purchase) before Culture House’s newly-renovated 2nd floor performance space opens up for a Cold War Dance Party, inviting attendees to “groove like it’s 1989,” says Kelner (“Dressing the part is heavily encouraged!”). DJ a_roc and Kondotronics will provide the music, ZYR Vodka will host vodka tastings and beyond. Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP required.


  • 7-9pm: Exhibit viewing, cocktail hour (cash bar, food for purchase, vodka tastings)
  • 9-Midnight: 2nd Floor opens up for dance party