A clip from the movie Eight, which is one of my film's shown at a Hirshhorn exhibit through May 11. (Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/ Hirshorn Museum, SI)
This Glorious Struggle compiles George Washington's personal letters from 1775-1783. (SI Books)
Jessica Stockholder, winner of the 2007 Lucelia Artist Award at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, used bathing suit material to create this artwork. (Vaga, NY/ SAAM)
Kenneth Noland's earthen bound is a definitive example of the 1950's Color Field movement, which is highlighted at Smithsonian American Art Museum through May 26. (Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York/ SAAM)

What’s Up - February 2008

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All A-Flutter
The morpho butterfly owes its iridescent wing color to small scales that reflect blue light. See this species and hundreds of others take flight in a walk-through pavilion, and visit the accompanying exhibition—both starting this month at Natural History.

Moving Media
In the first of a two-part show, the Hirshhorn features artwork that uses film and video (Eight, 2001) to blur the lines between illusion and reality. Venture into a new world through May 11.

Sincerely, G.W.
Read George Washington's candid personal letters (1775-83)—including one in which he enclosed a lock of hair for an admirer—in This Glorious Struggle by Edward G. Lengel, new from Smithsonian Books.

Best in Show
The 2007 winner of the Lucelia Artist Award, given to a U.S. artist under 50, was Jessica Stockholder for her evocative use of mundane objects. Works of past winners are at American Art until June 22.

Color Palette
In the 1950s, artists embraced the Color Field movement by covering canvases with vast expanses of paint. More than 40 works (Kenneth Noland's Earthen Bound, 1960) are at American Art until May 26.

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