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Exhibit: ‘Landscape in Mind’

The recent unveiling of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was marred not just by Hurricane Irene, which derailed the commemoration ceremony, but also by the news that the statue was designed and manufactured by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin. King’s aggressive stance and a garbled quote on the side of the statue were given extra heft when it was revealed that the artist had formerly designed a memorial for Chinese dictator Mao Zedong. As the foofaraw continues to rage, the National Art Museum of China is staging a relatively inoffensive landscape exhibit at the Kennedy Center. The work on display was created by China’s most accomplished (government-subsidized) artists, including Xu Jiang, Ding Yi and Wu Jian’An.

Through Oct. 30 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW.

Phone: 202/467-4600.

Web: www.kennedy-center.org.

Book Talk: Debra Lattanzi Shutika

As any Washingtonian can attest, the problems and pleasures of illegal immigration aren’t restricted to the border states. Though thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the District is rich with Hispanic food joints and documented and undocumented workers alike. Debra Lattanzi Shutika, author of “Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico,” would know. Her book begins with immigration to Herndon, Va., where “in 2005 it felt as if the border had moved into my backyard.” But rather than make a case for or against these changes, Miss Shutika instead looks at the way immigrant communities grow, ground themselves and assimilate into the culture of the U.S.

Sept. 14 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW.

Phone: 202/633-1000.

Web: www.npg.si.edu.

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