- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 30, 2004

The Baltimore Museum of Art presents 40 powerful new paintings, photographs, prints and installations in Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics. The term “black aesthetics” was developed during the 1960s civil rights and black power movements to distinguish art by black Americans from that of white American artists. Mr. Marshall works in a variety of styles and media to express today’s black experience in America: monumental paintings of African-American subjects; lonely urban cityscapes, including “7 a.m. Sunday Morning”; a video titled “Garden Party,” and “Diptych (Color Blind Test),” showing two black faces painted in different ways. In 1997, Mr. Marshall was awarded the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st streets. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. $7 adults, $5 seniors 65 and over and college students, free for children 18 and under and for everyone the first Thursday of each month. 410/396-7100.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre recalls the career of Orson Welles with a retrospective that consists of 12 titles. It begins today with his pictorially impressive production of Othello. Commenced in Rome in 1949, the film took three years to complete because Mr. Welles kept running out of money. Additional showings are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday.The Welles version of Macbeth, shot at Universal in 1948, will be shown Sunday and Wednesday.This weekend’s selections also include The Lady from Shanghai, The Magnificent Ambersons and Touch of Evil. The concluding days of the series will include consecutive revivals of Citizen Kane, July 9 through July 12. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Admission is $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students with valid IDs and seniors 65 or over. 301/495-6720.

— Gary Arnold

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