- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Art from Whistler show

The Freer Gallery of Art’s Mr. Whistler’s Galleries: Avant-Garde in Victorian London, an exhibit of James McNeill Whistler’s revolutionary exhibition designs, is one of the most original and fascinating shows mounted this year. Although the 19th-century American expatriate artist made his reputation in London with Asian-inspired, evocative — even dreamy — “nocturnes,” his spare, minimal designs for displaying his work were just as exciting. In this exhibit, the Freer collaborated with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond to re-create many of Whistler’s designs, among them “Arrangement in White and Yellow” and “Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Grey,” two of his most innovative installations. At the Freer Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas and New Year’s Day through April 4. Free. 202/357-2700.

—Joanna Shaw-Eagle

There are those who believe “Lost in Translation” already has given Bill Murray an inside track to the Academy Award as best actor of 2003. That remains to be seen, of course, but if you’re curious about Mr. Murray’s career, look no further than the American Film Institute Silver Theatre, which is resuming a career retrospective called Bill Murray: Found in Translation. This weekend’s attractions begin tomorrow with Lost in Translation. They continue Saturday with Ghostbusters, Space Jam, Quick Change and The Royal Tenenbaums. Sunday, the AFI Silver revives the misguided 1984 remake of The Razor’s Edge, in which Mr. Murray failed to rival Tyrone Power. Also on Sunday, the programming touches base with a couple of comedies: Meatballs and Caddyshack. The memorable and ingenious Groundhog Day will be revived on Monday at 6:45 p.m. The AFI Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students with valid IDs and seniors 65 and older. Call 301/495-6720 or see silver.afi.com/afi_web.

— Gary Arnold

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