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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 18

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Ambrotypes remind us to take the negative with the positive.
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Ambrotypes remind us to take the negative with the positive.

(June 18-June 2013) They're ambrotypes

A hundred and fifty years ago the latest and greatest innovation in photography was the ambrotype. The process involved placing an underexposed negative on glass before putting it on top of a dark backing to make it look positive. You can see some of that negativity and positivity come to life at the National Portrait Gallery's East Wing. Ambrotypes of abolitionists and Civil War leaders are showing through June of next year.

(June 18-Sept. 9) Drawing Space

British artist Antony Gormley makes bodies. He makes them with ink, he makes them with iron, he makes them miniature, and he makes them the size of buildings. All of Gormley's pieces investigate the human body's relationship to space. A collection of his drawings and prints made over the past 40 years using blood, soil, and bleach is showing at the Phillips Collection in Northwest through early September.

(June 18-Sept. 2) Graphic Details

The Washington DC Jewish Community Center has Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women through early September. The collection highlights the funny, outrageous, poignant, and intimate voices of Jewish women in graphic storytelling.

Music: "Darktown Strutter's Ball" by Django Reinhardt

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