- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Inter-American Development Bank’s Cultural Center has come up with another winner: Young Costa Rican Artists: Nine Proposals, a survey of the latest happenings in Costa Rican art. Nine artists, all 40 or younger, answered the recent invitation of the Cultural Center and the Foundation of the Central Bank Museums of Costa Rica to present the best of their work. It’s one of the Center’s most original, picturing some of the country’s social and political concerns through Jose Alberto Hernandez Campos’ terrifying “Frontal View of a Gun, No. 1” and “Bullets,” both from the Methodology series, and Tamara Avalos Leon’s feminist views on women’s downtrodden role through history in “Adam and Eve.” Don’t miss it. At the IDB, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 10. Free. 202/623-3774.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Czech Modernism, a survey of vintage Czech features made during the 1920s and ‘30s, retrieves a 1937 feature titled Virginity on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building at the National Gallery of Art.

On Sunday at 4 p.m. the series showcases a double bill of its most venerable selections: The Kreutzer Sonata, an update of the Tolstoy story directed in 1926 by Gustav Machaty, and Such Is Life, a 1929 film by the German director Karl Junghans. Donald Sosin will provide live piano accompaniment for these silent films. A lecture by Michal Bregant at 2 p.m. on Sunday offers an overview of the entire series.

The series also paves the way for a summer retrospective called Modernity and Tradition: Film in Interwar Central Europe, which begins at the end of June.

All National Gallery film programs are free and open to the public. An early arrival is often advisable. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/847-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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