Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Free intellectual and Cultural Events for the week beginning Wednesday, September 4

Wednesday,  4
Authors Talk:  Sarah Hurwitz with Dana Bash – Here All Along: Finding meaning, spirituality and deeper connection to life in Judaism... after finally choosing to look there – Polotics and Prose - Connecticut Ave. NW – 7 PM

Thursday,  5
Authors talk:  Peter Catapano with Rosemarie – Garland-Thomson – About Us Essays from the disabilities. Series – New York Times – PNP  - 7 PM

Smithsonian American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery
Image of a girl sitting behind a drum set
Thursday, September 5, 5:30–7 p.m.
Join drummer Isabelle De Leon as she fills the Luce Foundation Center with jazz, pop, and soul tunes from her vast repertoire. Free, no tickets required.

Friday,  6
Authors talk: Marie Arana – Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American story - PNP – 7 PM

Saturday, 7
Authors talk: Sidney Blumenthal – All the Powers of  Earth: The Political life of Abraham Lincoln – volume 3 – 1856 – 1860 - PNP – 3:30 PM

Film National Gallery of Art
Lessons of Darkness Sat Sep 7 (12:00) Lessons of Darkness presents the burning oil fields of Kuwait as an alien landscape scarred by the Gulf War. Ostensibly a documentary about the firefighters tasked with extinguishing the burning wells, Werner Herzog’s film bends these realities into a nihilistic narrative by emphasizing the relentlessness and even futility of their work. The subdued voice-over, characteristic of Herzog’s films, serves to distance the viewer from the media-saturated environment of the war while challenging familiar documentary conventions in favor of poetic and philosophical meditation. (Werner Herzog, 1992,  54 minuites

Sunday, 8
Authors talk: Caitlin Zaloom with Dorian Warren- Indebited - How families make college work at any cost – PNP -3 PM

Authors talk:Binyamin Appelbaum – The Economist's Hour: False prophets, the markets and the fracture of society – PNP - 5 PM

  • National Gallery of Art
    The Beginning: Early Short Films, 1968 – 1980
    September 7 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium
    From the start of her filmmaking practice, Barbara Hammer was committed to visibility through portraiture — of herself, others, and communities of women. “My strategy . . . throughout the ’70s was to put a lesbian body on the screen, to bring a lesbian subjectivity to film, to question heteronormative experimental film,” she said. This program of new 16mm prints includes Schizy (1968, from 8mm, new print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive), where the artist confronts gender play; Jane Brakhage (1975), a portrait of well-known experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage’s first wife; and Double Strength (1978), a poetic portrayal of Hammer’s relationship with trapeze artist Terry Sendgraff, (both prints restored by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation) among other titles. (Total running time 94 minutes)
  • The Middle: Short Films from the 1980s
    September 7 at 4:00
    East Building Auditorium
    Developing her optical printing techniques and utilizing the increasingly accessible mediums of analogue video and early computer imagery, Barbara Hammer’s work in the 1980s continued to address media representations of women, including women’s views of their own sexuality, as opposed to the male view. Included are Sync Touch (1981, new print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive), “a lesbian/feminist aesthetic proposing the connection between touch and sight to be the basis for a ‘new cinema’” (Canyon Cinema); Audience (1982, restored by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation), a self-described diary of audience reactions from several public and international presentations of Hammer’s work; and the critique Snow Job: The Media Hysteria of AIDS (1988), among other titles. (Total running time 80 minutes)

Monday, 9
Tuesday, 10
    Jones Benally Family DancersTuesday
    September 10, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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    World Champion hoop dancer and traditional healer Jones Benally, his daughter Jeneda, his son Clayson, and his three young grandchildren form the Jones Benally Family Dancers. Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A) Library of Congress
Wednesday, 11
Authors talk: Audience of One:  Donald Trump, and the fracturing of America –  PNP - 7 PM

Tall metal gates with swirls and spirals
Meet the artist behind the Renwick Gallery’s Portal Gates
Albert Paley: Selected Works - Smithsonian American Art Museum
Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.
Join influential artist and metalsmith Albert Paley as he discusses his career, and explores how site-specific artwork, including the Renwick Gallery’s famed Portal Gates, creates a dialogue between art and architecture within the public arena. This is the first in our annual fall series of Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art, which highlight excellence and innovation in American art with outstanding artists, 

Thursday, 12
Authors talk: Brad Smith with David E. Sanger – Tools and Weapons: The promise and the peril of the digital age – PNP – 7 PM

Musical performance

Thursday, September 12, 2019