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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 03/30/2010

April arts: Christo, Eadweard Muybridge and Hirshhorn After Hours

By Stephanie Merry

The American Art Museum revisits the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. (Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Maybe spring is putting people in a festive mood, because a lot of new art in April is coming with a side of entertainment, from the return of Hirshhorn After Hours to a musical afternoon at the Corcoran.

But first, it's an appropriate time to look back on one of the great works of husband-wife artistic duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Coming just a few months after Jeanne-Claude passed away last year, a new exhibit at the American Art Museum explores one of the couple's early pieces, "the Running Fence." Through photos, drawings and models, the exhibit examines the effort that went into constructing the temporary 24-mile-long fabric wall in California's Sonoma and Marin counties. (April 2-Sept. 26)

For the second year, the Pink Line Project is celebrating the advent of the cherry blossoms in a big way with Cherry Blast. This year, the party's menu of creative offerings includes a blossom-themed work by performance artist Adrian Parsons, video screenings by a slew of multimedia artists, Fatback DJs spinning tunes and a "marshmallow arts play room." (April 2)

Two more art parties after the jump.

Here's a sure sign of spring: Hirshhorn After Hours is back. This installment of the museum's soiree includes breakdancing by the Step Fenz, music by DJ Brian Coxx ("the Wizard"), video projections and gallery talks about the soon-to-close Josef Albers exhibition. (April 9)

Make it a full weekend of late-night arts by dropping by Countdown to Yuri's Night. This annual celebration of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin features a space-themed exhibition of local artists, not to mention a "lunar dance party," a moonbounce and a variety show with burlesque dancers, hula hoop artists and live music. (April 10)

Photos are coming to life at the Corcoran in April. The retrospective "Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change" takes a look at the 19th-century photographer famous for using stop-motion to transform snapshots of horses into a galloping spectacle. (April 10-July 18)

Speaking of Muybridge, here's your chance to see his work for free. "Lights, Camera, Action!" is the theme for this spring's Corcoran Family Day, which boasts flip-book-making workshops, acrobatic dance performances, face painting and music from string trio Virginia Virtuosi. (April 11)

A new short film is coming to the Hirshhorn's black box theater. In "Block B," artist Chris Chong Chan Fui focuses a constant lens on a Malaysian apartment complex, unveiling the dramas -- real and imagined -- unfolding within the homes of Indian immigrants. (April 19-Aug. 1)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | March 30, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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