Weekly Arts Round Up, October 8, 2020

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A painting from Columbian artist Pedro Ruiz's "Oro" series.

“Girlhood (It’s Complicated)” opens tomorrow at the National Museum of American History and tickets for the Phillips Collection’s reopening weekend go on sale on Monday, with face masks required and timed-entry and social distancing in effect. The headings below link to details on these and other current cultural offerings.

Filmfest DC: Private Screenings

Series 2 of this year’s virtual Filmfest DC runs through Oct. 11, presenting 19 films from 13 countries. The series opens with “Master Cheng” from Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki, about a chef who travels to a remote village, and closes with “Perfumes” from French director Grégory Magne, about a chauffeur employed by a perfumer. Tickets are $9 per film.

Hemphill Fine Arts: Sam Gilliam

Hemphill Fine Arts, having relocated to 434 K St. NW, is showing a selection of paintings and works on paper created between 1976 and 1993 by acclaimed Washington Color School artist Sam Gilliam, now 86. The show runs through Oct. 31. Also on view, through Nov. 14: works by Nebraska-based color-field painter Ryan Crotty. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Museum of the Americas: Online Conversation

In cooperation with the Embassy of Columbia, the Art Museum of the Americas will present “The Meaning of Columbian Art,” an online conversation between artist Pedro Ruiz and AMA curator Adriana Ospina on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Ruiz’s paintings incorporate depictions of flora, fauna and biodiversity. Admission is free.

Smithsonian Associates: Live-Streamed Talk

The first session in the live-streamed Smithsonian Associates series “The Inside Stories on New York City’s Outer Boroughs,” on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon, will focus on Brooklyn. In this illustrated talk, participants will explore the Big Apple’s most populous and colorful borough with The Georgetowner’s Richard Selden. Tickets are $35 ($30 for members).

American History Museum: New Exhibition

The exhibition “Girlhood (It’s Complicated)” at the National Museum of American History will open to the public on Oct. 9. Showcasing approximately 200 objects, “Girlhood” examines the ways American girls from Helen Keller to Minnijean Brown to Naomi Wadler have spoken up, challenged expectations and used their voices to effect change. Hours are Friday to Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free but timed-entry passes are required.

Georgetown University: Festival of Plays

Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, Arena Stage and other partners are presenting “Flash Acts,” a free, weeklong virtual festival of 10-minute plays by American and Russian playwrights. The 20 plays explore the theme of isolation in ways that span the geopolitical, psychological, spiritual and intimately personal. The first, “The Swan Princess” by Nikolay Kolyada, will be streamed in English on Oct. 9 at 12:15 p.m.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance: In-Person Performance

The D.C.-based dance company led by choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess will give its first in-person performance in months on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in a tent at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Following a reception with hors d’oeuvres and a full bar, the program will include mini-dances from the historic solos of Michio Ito and excerpts from Burgess’s latest dances, inspired by the paintings of John Singer Sargent. Tickets are $40.

U.S. Botanic Garden: Online Workshop

Susan Barton of the University of Delaware will lead a three-week online workshop, “Field Sketching,” starting on Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden, the workshop is suitable for beginning and intermediate sketchers, who will use pencils and rolling ball pens. Registration closes on Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. Tuition is $80 ($65 for Friends), which does not include materials.

Building Museum: Live-Streamed Webinar

The National Building Museum will present a free, live-streamed webinar, “Equity in the Built Environment: Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus,” on Oct. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn how the Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus in New Orleans is helping to reverse the negative impacts of economic disinvestment, political neglect and natural disasters on a once-thriving hub of African American civic and commercial life. The panel, featuring Austin Allen of the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Architecture, former Landry High School Principal Chief Tyrone Casby and Detroit urban planner Matt A. Williams — will be moderated by SmithGroup Associate Ujijji Davis Williams.

Phillips Collection: Reopening

The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, will reopen on Oct. 15. Timed-entry tickets for the first weekend will be released on Oct. 12. Museum hours will now be Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.). Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” and the Rothko Room will be on view, along with other works from the permanent collection and the exhibitions “Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition,” “Moira Dryer: Back in Business” and “Hopper in Paris: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art.” Free this month, admission will return in November to $12, $10 for seniors and students.

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