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January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

The DC Shorts Film Festival celebrated its seventh year in 2010 and has become one of the area's best events. This weekend, January 28-29, DC Shorts will host a “Best of” program, highlighting some of the outstanding short films from the past seven years.

The average filmgoer doesn't get a chance to see many short films, if any. But short films can offer something that feature films can't. Because of the short format, filmmakers are given the freedom to be daring. They can take risks, try things they never have before, and the results can be unforgettable.

With a two hour program, the audience can be treated to around a dozen films, including narrative, documentary, and experimental. And just like the weather in some places, if you don't like a film... just wait five minutes.

Color Painting's Pedigree

Color Painting's Pedigree

Tonight is the night!  

Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m. will feature a lecture by art critic Paul Richard wrote for The Washington Post for more than 40 years. In this illustrated talk, he will recollect a story which he covered for the Post, of Color Field painting's Washington appearance, its precedents, promises, strictures, and disputes. Following the talk, participants are invited to view the Corcoran’s exhibition Washington Color and Light. $15. http://programs.corcoran.org/products/color-painting-s-pedigree

Roger Gastman Takes to the Streets

Roger Gastman Takes to the Streets

Tonight, Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m.

Lecture

The Cool School

The Cool School

Thursday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Film

From 1957 to 1966, the Ferus Gallery was the catalyst of modern art in Los Angeles, shaping the art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a vibrant community of brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, and Robert Irwin, among others. The Ferus also played a pivotal role in launching the careers of art world luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. In his acclaimed documentary film, The Cool School, director Morgan Neville weaves together the story of how the Ferus Gallery built an art scene from scratch and forever changed the cultural climate of the West Coast. Following the screening, audience members are invited to view Robert Irwin’s work, Gypsy Switch, on view now. $12. http://programs.corcoran.org/products/the-cool-school

Preserving the Washington Color School Paintings at the Corcoran

Preserving the Washington Color School Paintings at the Corcoran

Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk

Free with Gallery admission; pre-registration encouraged.

Join Jay Krueger, senior conservator of modern paintings at the National Gallery of Art, as he discusses some of the unique techniques that artists of the Washington Color School employed in their abstract canvases. These innovative painting methods advanced the artists’ exploration into color, but pose problems for museum conservators seeking to protect these important artworks.

Image: Gene Davis, Junkie's Curtain, 1967. Acrylic on canvas, 115 x 225 inches. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of the artist, 1970.17. © Estate of Gene Davis.

Star Quality: R&B Sensation Mýa Calls Upon DC's 8112 Studios

Star Quality:  R&B Sensation Mýa Calls Upon DC's 8112 Studios

Just off her charitable weekend in the District, Grammy Award Winning Mýa was back in Washington this week to bring a little Hollywood to our Nation’s Capitol with her new music video, “Love is the Answer”.  When seeking where and who would shoot her video, DC’s very own 8112 studios was the obvious “answer” to the singer.  “It is important for me to continue to put D.C. on the map because DC is where I come from, these are my roots which have molded me and influenced me so I love to bring attention and notoriety to my hometown.  D.C. is traditionally associated with just politics but D.C. has so much more.  D.C. has great restaurants, nightlife, great art and a melting pot of culture.  D.C. is the next market to blow up,” said Mýa.

Gallery Talk - Origin to Icon: Exploring Danish Design

Gallery Talk - Origin to Icon: Exploring Danish Design

Saturday, December 11 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Gallery 31

Join Catherine Armour, dean of graduate studies and director of graduate design programs, as she discusses Origin to Icon: Exploring Danish Design , an exhibition that investigates the relationship between inspiration and design solutions. Examples of iconic Danish designs are exhibited in juxtaposition to the elements that motivated their designers to create them. This relationship highlights the Scandinavian approach to design, popularized in the 1950s and 1960s, which is still evident today.From the smallest utensil to the largest building, Danish design is known for celebrating the elements of beauty, functionality, nature and simplicity, united to form a singular design solution.