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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 11/ 3/2008

Up Next: Galleries and Museums in November

By Stephanie Merry

The art of Fritz Scholder comes to the Portrait Gallery. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution)

This month, the local museums and galleries are all about the big events.

Up first, we have back-to-back art parties with Phillips After 5 on Thursday and Hirshhorn After Hours on Friday. The big draw at the Phillips will be a talk given by Rami Kashou, the runner-up during the fourth season of Project Runway. He will be discussing his trademark style of draping, his childhood in the Middle East and how he came to fall in love with the world of fashion. There will also be an after-party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is another $35, but you get free food and drinks, more from Kashou and entertainment brought to you by DJ Adrian Loving.

At the Hirshhorn, there will be music and mayhem courtesy of Baltimore's Dan Deacon, followed by the sounds of DJ Gavin Holland and a look at the new Panza Collection exhibition, which consists of conceptual works from the '60s and '70s. Advance tickets for the party are already sold out, so get to the museum early on Friday night to secure a ticket.

This week the Portrait Gallery opens a new exhibit celebrating the Lincoln bicentennial. It's an appropriate time to look at how politicians portray themselves, and the museum will show how the 16th president used the then-new art of photography to convey himself to the American people.

Photography will be dominating the gallery scene, too, as November marks the first ever FotoWeek DC, starting on the 15th. The week-long salute to the art will include lectures, contests, workshops and exhibitions. With about 50 galleries participating in the festivities, the week may take on sort of a Fringe Festival feel -- an overwhelming number of possibilities in a too-short span of time. But there are definitely some stand-outs already, like Hiroshi Sugimoto's drive-in movie theaters at Hemphill and a group exhibition spotlighting pastimes at Civilian Art Projects.

Near the end of FotoWeek, the big news will be the reopening of the Museum of American History, which has been closed for the last two years. The $85 million renovation will be unveiled on the 21st in conjunction with an all-day celebration with food, entertainment, free prizes and historical reenactors.

As far as big art shows are concerned, the show of Fritz Scholder's work promises to be outstanding. Part of a two-city comprehensive exhibition, the show opened last weekend at the Museum of the American Indian, featuring works that explore identity, primarily in portraits of Native Americans.

Looking forward to any other events in November? Let us know in the comments.

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | November 3, 2008; 11:19 AM ET
Categories:  Museums  
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