Posts Tagged ‘Norman Rockwell’

ToDo ToDay: African Films, Andy Kindler, NoMa Beer Fest, and Trillectro

D.C.’s version of the African Diaspora International Film Festival, returning for its seventh year, seems far too short for an event concerned with global African culture. But its curation may make up for its small slate. Tonight’s kickoff film, African Independence, takes a broad view, talking to African leaders about the continent’s myriad struggles for independence. [...]

ToDo ToDay: M.A.K.U. Sound System! Fourth of July Festivities!

There are a lot of people who would cringe at the thought of seeing an "Afro-Colombian punk and folkloric funk band," as the M.A.K.U. Sound System refers to itself. Not because any of those things individually is a turnoff, but because collectively the words could imply a high-concept world-beat overreach. There’s really only one thing [...]

Reviewed: Luis Silva’s “A Fox’s Tale”

Luis Silva seems to be cycling through the cultural artifacts of contemporary childhood. The last time he showed at G Fine Art was in 2006 with a show called "Little Monsters," which featured a variety of “soft sculpture”—stuffed animals that straddled fantasy and nightmare. The exhibition took in a host of visual influence—Jim Henson, anime—and [...]

Rand in D.C.: An Objectivist Art Tour of the Smithsonian’s Norman Rockwell Exhibit

Luc Travers is an Objectivist art critic—an Objectivist art critic who leads $30 art-appreciation tours for other Objectivists (sometimes non-Objectivists, too). You’d think he’d hate the Norman Rockwell exhibit currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum—not for snobby reasons, but on principle.
“I love Norman Rockwell,” says Travers, who is half-French, green-eyed, soft-spoken, and [...]

Arts Roundup: Interactive Map vs. Interactive Map Edition

Good morning! Arena Stage's 2010-2011 season starts today, which means its massive $135 million Mead Center for American theater is open to the public. TBD is doing a huge curtain-raiser today, which includes a chat with Arena's communications director at noon and an interactive map (avec video) of the new facility. How does it compare [...]

“Directors Channeling Sentimental Americana”: On Rockwell’s Influence on Spielberg and Lucas

Sometime in the 1980s, a comedian joked about the lost paintings of Norman Rockwell—one was titled "Boy Caught Masturbating." Yet, since the exhibition "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg" opened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in July, it seems like it's been critics who've been caught with their pants [...]

Arts Roundup: The Middle-Class America Edition

Good morning, everyone! There's a heat advisory in town, but good news, it'll only be 100 degrees today! And it's Wednesday, which means it's almost Friday.
If you're feeling the heat enough to hang outside today, "Yoga in the Park" is happening tonight in Dupont Circle. (If you're into that kind of thing, it's not too [...]

Preview: “Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg”

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas created some of our most beloved cinematic memories (Indiana Jones, Star Wars) and then destroyed them  (Jar Jar Binks, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). Now these Hollywood behemoths are teaming up again to curate "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven [...]

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