"Gute Aussichten: New German Photography" at Goethe-Institut Thursday, March 27

The 2013-2014 edition of the exhibit “Gute Aussichten: New German Photography” includes an impressively broad selection of nine artists. While the gallery space at the Goethe-Institut Washington is too small to give them the full showing they deserve, several contributors leave a lasting impact with their work. Take Anna Domnick. The walls include only a few of her images—both near-abstractions in shades of pale blue (shown) and cream—and they leave a viewer craving more. But the show’s standout is Alwin Lay, who produced a video of a glass of water perched on a rickety wooden table that towers over an unnaturally white plant in a bowl. The table’s spindly legs have been coated in a sparkle-inducing material, and once this coating is set alight, trails of sparks travel slowly around the length of the legs. At one point, the table hiccups from the flame, but the glass doesn’t spill, and we never see the implosion we were always convinced was coming. It’s a maddening three-and-a-half minutes, but impossible to turn away from. The exhibition is on view Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. (202) 289-1200. goethe.de/washington.

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