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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/ 2/2009

Up next: November arts

By Stephanie Merry

What do you get when you combine China's Terra Cotta Warriors, Pacman and crossbred chickens? That would be the local arts scene this month. Here's the rundown:


The Terra Cotta Warriors march into Washington this month. (Wang de Gang)

The 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall is not going by unnoticed, what with dance performances, a Newseum family day and various art exhibitions. Among those is Iconoclash!, which sounds particularly promising. The Goethe-Institut show looks at vandalism via East German icons that were altered after Germany's reunification. (Nov. 4-Jan. 8)

After traveling to Germany, head to the Hirshhorn to get all but transported to the flat landscape of the Midwest, thanks to Directions: John Gerrard. The artist, who garnered rave reviews during the Venice Biennale, takes photos of scenes from various angles and uses 3-D gaming software to replicate the feeling of actually being there. (Nov. 5-March 28)

Part art show and part science-fair entry, the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen consists of live chickens, taxidermy, photos and paintings. The art is the byproduct of Vanmechelen's cross-breeding of different types of chickens from varying regions. (Nov. 7-Dec. 31)

The FotoWeek DC photography festival is back for its second year, and it's packed with events. Things kick off on Friday with an opening party, followed by a week of exhibitions all over town to celebrate the medium. (Nov. 7-14)

Nostalgic for the days of Asteroids and Atari? Head to Flashpoint for an afternoon with Kenny George's Pacguy. The title character, who serves as a stand-in for the artist himself, pops up in flip animations, slot machines and a pogo stick game. (Nov. 12-Dec. 19)

Around 2,000 years after being placed in the tomb of Chinese emperor Qin Shihuangdi, 15 Terra Cotta Warriors are making their way to D.C. Created to aid the emperor's journey into the afterlife, the figures, which were discovered in 1974, will be accompanied by about 100 other artifacts, including coins, armor and weapons. (Nov. 19-March 31)

Artists Sondra Arkin and Judy Byron are taking an artistic approach to figuring out what's hot right now. The pair is gauging zeitgeist by polling visitors to their Web site and they will use the findings for the group show What's Important Now. Other artists with work on display in the show are Tim Tate, Anna U. Davis and Ellyn Weiss. (Nov. 19-Dec. 12)

The Sackler's next Moving Perspectives exhibition features Korean-born video artist Yeondoo Jung, who creates art from memory, so to speak. The artist interviewed strangers about their recollections and then recreated the scenes described in the interviews. (Nov. 21-March 14)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | November 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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