Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Presents Sage Dawson Little Tavern

By Editorial Team on March 29, 2016

Sat, 02 April 2016 - Sat, 30 April 2016

Photo courtesy of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.
Photo courtesy of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2 from 4pm to 6pm


Little Tavern examines the Baltimore and Washington, DC area hamburger restaurants built in a Tudor style that first opened in 1928. The chain was sold in the 1980s, struggled into the 1990s, and closed its doors in 2008. Today, Pyramid Atlantic occupies the former Little Tavern headquarters building on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, and the on-site vault-turned-gallery is the location for this exhibition.

Prints in Little Tavern refigure the architectural elements found on the shops’ exteriors: scattered across the area and documented in photographs. Iconic signage, diamond-shaped glass, steel panels, and quoins are embedded in the works on paper. Traces of dormers, gutters, and fence posts emerge from the walls, and shadows are cast across the floor. The work speaks directly to the fragmentation of Little Tavern as an entity, its vanishing history, and the restaurant that formerly stood on the Pyramid Atlantic property itself.

Sage Dawson is an artist examining dwelling rights, land use, and the identity of spaces. Her work investigates and interprets sites and objects, and documents the destruction of space. Sage has exhibited work at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston University, the City University of New York, and the International Print Center New York. Her work has been featured in From Here to There published by Princeton Architectural Press, and reviewed by Lori Waxman and at Hyperallergic.

About Pyramid Atlantic
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC) was founded in 1981 by noted artist and teacher Helen C. Frederick to provide a setting for artistic collaboration and dialogue. A 501(c)(3) non-profit contemporary arts center, PAAC receives federal and state funds as well as generous support from private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. In addition, we count individual donors and our members among our most valued supporters. We are located in the heart of the arts & entertainment district in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The facility features a papermaking studio, print shop, letterpress studio, bindery, a darkroom, and a wood shop. We also have private studios for artists to rent and a gallery for exhibitions.

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is located at 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. For more information visit or call 301.208.9101.