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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 6

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Hugh Hefner (1966-67), a sculpture in polychromed wood by Marisol Escobar is one of more than 50 works included in the multi-media exhibit Face Value. (National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine)

May 6-Jan. 11, 2015: Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction

After WWII and through the swinging sixties, abstract expressionism was in vogue and representative styles were out. But a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery highlights work by progressive artists who defiantly depicted the figure the way they wanted. Senior curator of prints and drawings Wendy Wick Reaves says one exciting aspect of the exhibit is the variety of approaches to portraiture.

"What they’re all trying to do is distance themselves from traditional ideas of portraiture," she saus. "Reinventing it…but in very different ways."

Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction will be on view through January 11.

May 6-18: The Fantasticks

Rep Stage presents the world’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks at Howard Community College through May 18. The show is about a girl, a boy, both their fathers, and a wall. As the neighboring youngsters fall in and out of love, they learn that their families aren't perfect.

Music: “Pictures Of You” by The String Quartet


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