- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Fortunately for Washingtonians, the Freer Gallery of Art holds the most representative collection of famed expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler’s art — largely because of Freer Gallery founder Charles Lang Freer’s friendship with Whistler in London — and the gallery has exhibited many facets of Whistler’s career. Now, in an exhibit titled Small Masterpieces: Whistler Paintings From the 1880s, the museum concentrates on smaller works in oil from those years. In a few oils, the artist daubed just a few colorful brush strokes on works as small as 3 by 5 inches. At the Freer, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily for an indefinite period. Free. 202/633-4880.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre hosts a centennial retrospective for actor Henry Fonda beginning this weekend with revivals of The Grapes of Wrath, Young Mr. Lincoln, Jezebel and The Lady Eve. Selections will continue through June 6. Additional titles in the tribute are The Wrong Man, You Only Live Once, Once Upon a Time in the West, Mr. Roberts and My Darling Clementine. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Admission is $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students and seniors 65 and older. 301/495-6720.

Revivals of Ross Hunter’s hapless musical version of Lost Horizon, a big blunder of 1973, are few and far between. The Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress has set aside a screening date: today at 6:30 p.m. The National Film Registry program is so generous that even duds as resounding as the second “Horizon” are considered eligible. It is a reliable giggle from start to finish. Admission is free, but seating is limited to 64, so an early arrival is advisable. James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE. 202/707-4604.

— Gary Arnold

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