- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Korean-born Do-Ho Su’s hovering “Staircase IV” at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is no “stairway to heaven,” but there are analogies. Mr. Su works with the themes of displacement and wandering the world with his brilliant red, transparent nylon installation, a floating flight of “steps” stretching from floor to ceiling in the Sackler’s entry hall. It evokes beauty, life’s transience and the possibility of happiness in our terror-wracked world. Perspectives: Do-Ho Suh is at the Sackler, 1050 Independence Ave. SW daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Sept. 26. Free. 202/633-4880.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The remade travesty now calling itself “The Manchurian Candidate” evidently owes a lot to the persistence of Tina Sinatra, who defied a decade of sensible rejections in order to persist in an act of filial trifling. Her father, Frank Sinatra, had one of his best dramatic roles in the 1962 classic that co-starred Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury. They brought admirable conviction to a fantastic plot, a Cold War conspiracy thriller contrived to demonstrate how the far left and far right could become strange bedfellows. John Frankenheimer’s durably haunting, playful and poignant movie, the original The Manchurian Candidate, is in revival at the American Film Institute’s National Theater at Kennedy Center for another week. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students and seniors 65 and over. Call 202/785-4600.

Gary Arnold

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