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Arts Post: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

AAMD Criticizes Portrait Gallery's Action

The Association of Art Museum Directors, which oversees practices in North American museums and develops guidelines for art museums, issued a response Friday to the controversy at the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution, removed a...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 3, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Association of Art Museum Directors, national portrait gallery  
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Artworks from Today's Galleries Column

Photos from last night's Transformer-organized National Portrait Gallery demonstration displaced the artwork for today's column, so here's a taste of what I was looking at this week. Below, Gaia's two-story portrait of 20th century architect and urbanist Le Corbusier...

By Jessica Dawson  | December 3, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Galleries, Jessica Dawson  
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2010 Kennedy Center Honors Watch: Herman

Jerry Herman. (AP)The Washington Post arts staff has been keeping a sharp eye on the doings of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees. This weekend Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey will be saluted. Full...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 3, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Kennedy Center, Theater  | Tags:  Broadway musicals, Dolly!, Hello, Jerry Herman, kennedy center honors, lyricist  
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Transformer letter to Smithsonian decries artwork's removal

Smithsonian controversyUSER POLL: Do you agree with the Smithsonian?TIMELINE: Notable art controversies Late Thursday, Transformer Gallery Board President James Alefantis and Executive Director Victoria Reis issued the following open letter to Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. The gallery hopes to collect...

By Jessica Dawson  | December 3, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jessica Dawson, Museums, Smithsonian  
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Emerging Artists to Grab the Spotlight

In the last decade Leigh Conner has witnessed the increased interest in Washington in new artists. And she has been right in the middle of the developments. Along with Jamie Smith, she founded Conner Contemporary, a gallery that looks for...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 2, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  (e)merge art fair, Conner Contemporary, Helen Allen, Jamie Smith, Leigh Conner, Mera Rubell  
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2010 Kennedy Center Honors Watch: Jones

Bill T. Jones. (AP)The Washington Post arts staff has been keeping a close eye on the doings of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees. This weekend Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey will be saluted....

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 2, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dance, Jacqueline Trescott, Kennedy Center  | Tags:  Bill T. Jones, Sarah Kaufman, kennedy center honors  
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Post critic Blake Gopnik debates Smithsonian censorship on CNN (video)

More on this story: • Portrait Gallery gets huge online bump after controversy • Gallery shows Wojnarowicz video | VIDEO • Reaction to ants-and-crucifix controversy | VIDEO • Q&A: Catholic League president William Donohue • Ant-covered Jesus video removed...

By Mike McPhate  | December 2, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Portrait Gallery gets huge online bump

Smithsonian controversyUSER POLL: Do you agree with the Smithsonian?TIMELINE: Notable art controversies In the week where the National Portrait Gallery removed a video of David Wojnarowicz from its sprawling show on gender identity, and prompted a firestorm over artistic freedom...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 2, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums  | Tags:  David Wojnarowicz, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, Smithsonian Institution, national portrait gallery  
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Shakespeare Theatre reports a surplus

Lauren Molina as Cunegonde in Candide. (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)Even with most arts groups still struggling to recover from the financial downturn, the Shakespeare Theatre reported Wednesday that its financial status has taken a positive turn. The theatre received its final...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 1, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Chris Jennings, Shakespeare Theatre Company, arts and money, theater surplus  
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Phillips gears up for a celebration

The Phillips Collection has set the date for the official reopening of the original house, which has been closed since a disastrous fire in September.All the work will be finished by Jan. 15, the museum announced, and a celebration will...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 1, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums  | Tags:  90th anniversary of Phillips Collection, D.C. museum, Phillips Collection, Renoir, Washington, reopening after fire  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: A gay idyll by Demuth

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (National Portrait Gallery) A lovely watercolor called "Dancing Sailors," painted in 1917 by the gay artist Charles Demuth and now in the Cleveland Museum of Art collection....

By Blake Gopnik  | December 1, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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Strathmore Changes Leadership Roles

Strathmore President Monica Jeffries Hazangeles (Photo by Kirsten Beckerman) The Music Center at Strathmore has successfully built its brand, and Eliot Pfanstiehl, the president of the Stathmore programs since 1983, has been a champion of the arts in the...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 30, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  Washington regional concert halls, arts leadership, eliot pfanstiehl, monica jeffries hazangeles, music center at strathmore  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Baldessari still in mind

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) A few frames from the 13-minute video called "I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art," shot by John Baldessari in 1971....

By Blake Gopnik  | November 30, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Contemporary Art, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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Goldberg organizes art for charity

Margery Goldberg, the longtime director of Zenith Gallery, has kept curating art shows since her Seventh Street gallery closed in 2009. And she continues her tradition of using art to raise money for local charities. On Wednesday night, Goldberg has...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 30, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Galleries, Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  capital area food bank, margery goldberg, zenith community arts foundation, zenith gallery  
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WEBCOMIC OF THE WEEK: The 'xkcd' guest heads to the Smithsonian

From Comic Riffs: While the brilliant "xkcd" creator Randall Munroe takes a break for personal reasons, some gifted cartoonists are offering their surrogate stick-figures on his site. Among the replacement workers have been Jeph Jacques ("Questionable Content") and Bill Amend...

By By Michael Cavna  | November 29, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Norman Rockwell: Gay Icon?

Is Norman Rockwell the undersung hero of gay art? Sure, I'd just seen the National Portrait Gallery's excellent "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" before I hit the packed Rockwell show on Saturday afternoon. But I couldn't help but...

By Jessica Dawson  | November 29, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jessica Dawson, Museums, Smithsonian  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Ter Brugghen's "Saint Sebastian"

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College/Courtesy the Phillips Collection) Hendrick ter Brugghen's "Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene," from the Oberlin College art gallery, painted in 1625 and...

By Blake Gopnik  | November 29, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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