- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Washington artist Sam Gilliam, who revolutionized painting in the 1960s by taking it off the wall, has a first retrospective of work from his 40-year-plus career at the Corcoran Gallery of Art — and it’s about time. Including some 50 of Mr. Gilliam’s radical experiments with abstraction, Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective features brilliantly hued, monumental beveled and draped paintings, mixed media constructions, sculptures and site-specific installations. At the Corcoran Gallery, New York Avenue at 17th Street NW, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays, through Jan. 23. $8 adults, $6 seniors and military personnel, $4 students with current ID, $3 member guests, pay-as-you-wish Thursdays after 5 p.m., free for members and children under 12. 202/639-1700.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art will host weekend programs drawn from a massive new DVD anthology called Unseen Cinema: American Avant-Garde Film, 1894-1941. The collection, assembled by Bruce Posner and David Shepard, consists of 155 titles on seven discs. A program at the Library’s Mary Pickford Theater tomorrow at 7 p.m. will emphasize dance films, ranging from footage of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis to a Busby Berkeley production number from 1934’s Wonder Bar and the abstract animation of Norman McLaren. A second program Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building of the National Gallery deals with fantastic forms of stylization from Edwin S. Porter to Orson Welles. Mr. Posner is expected to introduce both shows. Admission is free. The Pickford is located on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Seating is limited to 64. For information call 202/707-4604. The National Gallery is located at Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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