Arts Desk

Openings: Jackson Pollock, Bill T. Jones, and an Updated Inferno

The much-anticipated "Angels, Demons, and Savages" opens Sunday at the Phillips Collection,. The show delves into the friendships between Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, art brut founder Jean Dubuffet, and the lesser-known artist and collector Alfonso Ossorio. All three had their share of trials, a fact this show celebrates rather than ignores. Read Jeffry Cudlin's preview in our Spring Arts Preview. Feb. 9 to May 12, The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $10-$12.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company joins forces with the SITI Company this weekend to deconstruct Stravinsky's Rite of Spring at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with A Rite. Jones and the SITI Company's Anne Bogart join creative forces for the first time, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the seminal ballet and orchestral work. Rite of Spring shocked audiences at its debut in Paris in 1913, causing a near-riot. Today, it is considered one of the most influential dance pieces of the 20th century. Feb. 8 and 9 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, Stadium Drive and Route 193, College Park. $40-$50.

Bill Cain brings Dante's Inferno into a modern-day setting with his play 9 Circles. After getting an honorable discharge from the military and returning home, an army private inexplicably finds himself in military prison and on the receiving end of accusations that he committed vicious war crimes. Read more in Caroline Jones' previewFeb. 7 to Mach 2 at Forum Theater, Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15-$25.

After years of searching for a new gallery, art dealer Randall Scott has finally found a place to call his own. After his Randall Scott Gallery located in Logan Circle closed four years ago, he showed exhibitions in various places, including a gallery he owned in Brooklyn and a temporary warehouse off U Street NW. Now, he's back with RandallScottProjects on H Street NE. Granted, it's a two-room space, but a home is a home. The space opens Feb. 9 with "Golden Cacti," a show by mixed-media artist Mason Saltarrelli, who works with paper and spiritual symbols to create abstract works. Feb. 9 to March 9 at RandallScottProjects, 1326 H St. NE. Free. An opening reception takes place Feb. 9  from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m

David Mamet builds a story around three lawyers called upon to defend a rich white man charged with raping a black woman in his latest play, Race. This alone could justify the title, but the lawyers themselves are a mix of races and genders: Two of the lawyers are black, and one is a woman. Through these characters, Mamet explores racial issues, while still leaving room for mystery. Read Ian Buckwalter's preview of the play, showing at Theater J, in our Spring Arts Guide. Feb. 6 to March 17 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $30 to $45.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art's "Shooting Stars: Publicity Stills from Early Hollywood and Portraits by Andy Warhol" juxtaposes what might seem to be unrelated genres of art that in fact share the same wavelength. In the early days of Hollywood, movie studios distributed glamour shots of their silent-film stars, foreshadowing the culture of idolization that celebrities would later inhabit. Decades later,Pop artist Andy Warhol drew upon the same concept, using the poses and compositions of the silent-film era to cast his subjects in a new light. Feb. 9 to April 21 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $10.

Top: "A Rite" photo by Paul B. Goode. Courtesy Paul B. Goode, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and SITI Company. 

Left: Mason Saltarrelli, Untitled no. 8. Courtesy Mason Saltarelli and RandallScottProjects.

 

 

 

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