- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Long known for her “Metamorphosis” and “Web” series, Yuriko Yamaguchi presents Return, a large, womb-like dome of thousands of yellow resin and wire pieces. When entering the sculptor’s interactive installation at the Numark Gallery, visitors set off motion sensors that trigger sounds of heartbeats recorded from 30 men and women of different races and ages. In Numark’s “Project Room,” the sculptor creates rows of individually cast resin forms inspired by nature to contrast the resin’s artificial nature with that of the forms’ organic one. At Numark, 625 E St. NW, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 17. Free. 202/628-3810.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

A retrospective series called Risks and Reinvention — The Films of Louis Malle will be shared for the next several weeks by the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and the National Gallery of Art. The date marks the 10th anniversary of the director’s death. Born in France in 1932, he began his movie career there in the 1950s. With “Pretty Baby” in 1978, Mr. Malle became a prominent recruit to the American film industry.

The AFI Silver will concentrate on fictional titles, beginning next Wednesday with showings of Elevator to the Gallows, The Lovers and Zazie, the impudent slapstick farce that anticipated a prevalent style of the 1960s. The National Gallery has custody of Mr. Malle’s documentary projects, starting Sunday at 2 p.m. with a short, Vive le tour, made in 1962, and a man-on-the-street feature, Place de la Republique, made in 1974. This aspect of the series concludes with three weekends in December devoted to Mr. Malle’s monumental, seven-part Phantom India, shot for television in the late 1960s.

The AFI Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Admission is $7.50 to $9.25. 301/495-6720. National Gallery screenings, in the auditorium of the East Building, are free, but an early arrival is often advisable. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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