Weekend Events: Painting, Woodworking and a Dance Party

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Friday, January 21: Painting Techniques of Henry Ossawa Tanner

Museum conservators Amber Kerr-Allison and Brian Baade present findings of their recent study and analysis of six of Tanner’s works in the permanent collection, including the newly conserved Flight into Egypt. Learn how Tanner’s documented painting recipe, preserved in the Archives of American Art, contributed to their understanding and analysis of this artist’s technique that produced some of the most vibrant paintings at the turn of the 20th century. Free. American Art Museum, 4:00 PM.

Saturday, January 22: Washington's Dance Party

Narrated by Martha Reeves—known for hits like "Dancing in the Street" and "Heatwave"—this documentary takes a look at Washington DC's 1960s television show "The Teenarama Dance Party." The program allowed black teens to dance and socialize together and provided a place to relax while the fight for civil rights raged around them. After the screening, stick around for a discussion with the film's producer, as well as people who were involved with the original Teenarama show. Free. For reservations and information, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Museum, 1:00-3:00 PM.

Sunday, January 23: Artist Talk with Mark Sfirri

Wood artist Mark Sfirri, the 2009 James Renwick Alliance distinguished educator, whose work is on view in A Revolution in Wood, explains his passion for wood turning and the artistic process. Join Sfirri as he discusses his body of work and current projects. Free. Renwick Gallery, 2:00 PM

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