Friday, January 7
Friday Gallery Talk: Clarke Bedford: Come on out to the Hirshhorn where conservator Clarke Bedford will talk about " ColorForms," an exhibition that explores the way artists employ color and abstract forms. Free. Hirshhorn, 12:30 PM.
Saturday, January 8
Portrait Story Days: Joseph Cornell: Get the youngest members of your family hooked on art today at the Portrait Gallery where they will hear a story about American artist Joseph Cornell who is best known for his whimsical shadow boxes. This event repeats at the same time and location on Sunday, January 9. Free. Portrait Gallery, 1:00-4:00 PM.
The Music of West Africa: Want to get in on a drum circle? Brother Ah and the Sound Awareness Ensemble lead a workshop at the Anacostia Community Museum that provides a compelling introduction to the rhythms of traditional Africa. Free. Anacostia Community Museum, 2 PM; for reservations and information, call 202-633-4844
Sunday, January 9:
Tracing Tea Bowls: Elite Ceramics in Edo Period Japan: Marking the closing of "Cornucopia," an exhibition of Japanese ceramics, Andrew L. Maske, assistant professor of art history at the University of Kentucky, discusses the use and ownership of tea utensils. He also previews his new book Potters and Patrons in Edo Period Japan: Takatori Ware and the Kuroda Domain. Free. Freer, 2 PM.
Fashionable Gods and Goddesses: Calling all families with children, ages eight to 14, checkout the styling Gods and Goddesses program at the ImaginAsia classroom in the Sackler Gallery. Kids can use an activity book to follow the changing styles and accessories associated with Buddhist and Hindu gods as their influence spread from India to Cambodia. Decorate a traditional image or design new attire for the gods. Programs take place in the ImaginAsia classroom on sublevel 2, space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, Free. Sackler Gallery, 2 PM
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