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January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

The DC Shorts Film Festival celebrated its seventh year in 2010 and has become one of the area's best events. This weekend, January 28-29, DC Shorts will host a “Best of” program, highlighting some of the outstanding short films from the past seven years.

The average filmgoer doesn't get a chance to see many short films, if any. But short films can offer something that feature films can't. Because of the short format, filmmakers are given the freedom to be daring. They can take risks, try things they never have before, and the results can be unforgettable.

With a two hour program, the audience can be treated to around a dozen films, including narrative, documentary, and experimental. And just like the weather in some places, if you don't like a film... just wait five minutes.

Mayor Gray Explains His Vision For D.C. Arts and Culture

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray explained his vision for what arts and culture should be throughout the city, this morning as he addressed Cultural Tourism D.C. members at their annual meeting, which was held at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  

Gray stressed the importance of arts and culture, and how he hopes that the two will begin to mesh more with the D.C. school system.  

"I think we've got to increase the nexus between the arts community and the schools," He said.

The Mayor even suggested programs such as embassy tours for D.C. students, in an attempt to give D.C. youth more of an interaction with the international community.  He also expressed the role that he believes arts and culture can play in the improvement of developing neighborhoods throughout the District.

Gray made it clear that he sees arts and culture as a key building block for the future of the District.

Color Painting's Pedigree

Color Painting's Pedigree

Tonight is the night!  

Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m. will feature a lecture by art critic Paul Richard wrote for The Washington Post for more than 40 years. In this illustrated talk, he will recollect a story which he covered for the Post, of Color Field painting's Washington appearance, its precedents, promises, strictures, and disputes. Following the talk, participants are invited to view the Corcoran’s exhibition Washington Color and Light. $15. http://programs.corcoran.org/products/color-painting-s-pedigree

Roger Gastman Takes to the Streets

Roger Gastman Takes to the Streets

Tonight, Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m.

Lecture

The Cool School

The Cool School

Thursday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Film

From 1957 to 1966, the Ferus Gallery was the catalyst of modern art in Los Angeles, shaping the art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a vibrant community of brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, and Robert Irwin, among others. The Ferus also played a pivotal role in launching the careers of art world luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. In his acclaimed documentary film, The Cool School, director Morgan Neville weaves together the story of how the Ferus Gallery built an art scene from scratch and forever changed the cultural climate of the West Coast. Following the screening, audience members are invited to view Robert Irwin’s work, Gypsy Switch, on view now. $12. http://programs.corcoran.org/products/the-cool-school

Musical Evening Series: Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Musical Evening Series: Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Friday, January 28 at 8 p.m.

Presented in Partnership with the Embassy of Israel

The Ariel Quartet has performed extensively in Israel, Europe, and North America, at such venues as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Kaisersaal in Frankfurt (“…a tour de force…” –Frankfurter Allgemeine), Neue Galerie in New York City, and Jordan Hall in Boston. Master violist Roger Tapping, a member of the Grammy-Award winning Takács Quartet for 10 years, joins the group for the performance of a Mozart quintet.

Program: Beethoven, String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; Alban Berg, String Quartet,Op. 3; Mozart, Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593 with Roger Tapping.

Fore more information, please visit http://programs.corcoran.org/products/musical-evening-series-ariel-quartet-with-roger-tapping.

Preserving the Washington Color School Paintings at the Corcoran

Preserving the Washington Color School Paintings at the Corcoran

Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk

Free with Gallery admission; pre-registration encouraged.

Join Jay Krueger, senior conservator of modern paintings at the National Gallery of Art, as he discusses some of the unique techniques that artists of the Washington Color School employed in their abstract canvases. These innovative painting methods advanced the artists’ exploration into color, but pose problems for museum conservators seeking to protect these important artworks.

Image: Gene Davis, Junkie's Curtain, 1967. Acrylic on canvas, 115 x 225 inches. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of the artist, 1970.17. © Estate of Gene Davis.