- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 25, 2004

In the 1960s, conceptual artist Sol LeWitt developed the idea that a work of art could be conceived by an artist and made according to the artist’s instructions. Now his Wall Drawing #65: Lines not short, not straight, crossing and touching, drawn at random, using four colors, uniformly dispersed with maximum density, covering the entire surface of the wall, executed by a team of assistants last week, will open tomorrow on the concourse level of the National Gallery of Art. Vanguard collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel donated the “work” in 1971 to the Gallery; later it was loaned to the Guggenheim Museum, the Washington Convention Center and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The Gallery wall, made especially for the “Wall Drawing,” measures 27 feet by 16 feet, 2 inches. At the National Gallery, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. 202/ 737-4215.

—Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The National Archives commemorates the Memorial Day weekend with a salute to World Warr II veterans, augmented by showings of notable documentary films from the period. The selections include John Huston’s The Battle of San Pietro, John Ford’s The Battle of Midway, William Wyler’s Memphis Belle and two installments of Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” series, The Negro Soldier and War Comes to America. The entire program, shown over a video projection system, will run about seven hours. Admission is free and the screenings start at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Jefferson Room of the National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202/501-5000.

— Gary Arnold

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