- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2003

In one of the most innovative instances of a museum’s reconfiguring its permanent collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has put together a series of thematic mini-exhibitions in support of a larger one called Gyroscope. Hirshorn director Ned Rifkin wants visitors to look at the museum’s modern art collection in different ways. “Focus” galleries concentrate on the black-and-white works of abstract expressionist Ad Reinhardt. Another exhibit, which includes Beat Struli’s three-screen video installation “Broadway/Prince Street 01-04,” explores different artists’ varied ways of interpreting the human figure. Some bigger names represented include Chuck Close, Jeff Wall, Ed Ruscha and Gerhard Richter. At the Hirshhorn, Independence Avenue at 7th Street SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 4. Free. 202/357-2700.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl overstays its welcome by half an hour, but screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who also worked on “The Mask of Zorro” and “Shrek,” possess a genuine humorous flair with adventure genres. Director Gore Verbanski takes advantage of a surprisingly playful Johnny Depp as a pirate captain and a persuasively menacing Geoffrey Rush as his rival. The picture also shows a decent regard for the susceptibilities and heroism of everyone involved in a romantic triangle: adventure-prone heroine Keira Knightley and her two valiant suitors, Orlando Bloom and Jack Davenport. It’s the next best entertainment of the summer, after “Finding Nemo.”

John Ford was a prolific director of Westerns during the silent period, and he became identified with them again in the late 1940s, after returning from a dashing naval career in World War II. He preferred other kinds of historical melodrama or Americana during the 1930s and even made room for the occasional comedy. The latter will be recalled by the film repertory program “Films on the Hill,” which is reviving an enjoyable gangster spoof of 1936, The Whole Town’s Talking, tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The film co-stars Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur, with Mr. Robinson in a dual role as an escaped thug and his meek lookalike, a small-town clerk. On Wednesday at the same time the management will revive one of Ford’s movies with Will Rogers, Judge Priest, a 1934 evocation of small-town Kentucky society in the late 1890s. Tickets are $5. The Arts Workshop is located at 545 Seventh St. SE. 202/547-6839.

— Gary Arnold

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