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Posted at 4:33 PM ET, 07/24/2007

The End Is Near

By Julia Beizer

Time is running out on some of the top exhibits in town; several good shows close this weekend. I've listed some of the best below in the hopes that it saves at least one person from saying, "Man, I meant to go to that."

Get Modern: I was tired and art-weary after slogging through the Corcoran's landmark "Modernism" show for the first time, but subsequent trips have left me pleasantly surprised. Even the most devoted modernist will burn out after a couple of hours in the filled-to-the-brim exhibit, but there are some gems that any design fan would love (most notably, the wall of chairs and the industrial-themed rooms).

Different Stripes: The Kreeger's "Gene Davis: Interval" remains my favorite exhibit of all the Color Field mania this spring. Intimate galleries are packed with bright, lively stripe paintings that seem to move and vibrate the longer you look at them. [Note: If you go before the show closes on Tuesday, take our curator-led podcast tour with you.]

Imaginary Stardom, Authentic Soul: Hemphill's soon-to-be-extinct exhibit showcases the catalogue of fictional soul singer Mingering Mike. The work on display is a collection of records and record jackets made by an unidentified visionary artist who invented the recording artist's career and all its highs and lows.

Walking Tour Walks No More: It's unlikely that the stretch of 14th Street between P and V will become dull, but it'll lose some of its sparkle this weekend as the public art projects that have dotted the strip come down. Make a stop by Tom Greaves's Compliment Machine or Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette's Shoe Tree before they close Saturday night. The often hair-raising Mary Coble performs at the U Street Metro station between 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday.


By Julia Beizer  | July 24, 2007; 4:33 PM ET
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When it comes to public art, DC is an absolute disgrace, but it has been so wonderful to walk up and down 14th st for the past few weeks. DC needs to grow its soul a little more and use 14th st as an example.

I love the compliment machine by the way!

Posted by: Loves 14th street | July 25, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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