- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Now that the hoopla surrounding the July 1 reopening of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum has quieted down, it’s time to look at some of the individual exhibitions. Outstanding in both museums’ visual mission to “tell the story of America” is the Portrait Gallery’s American Origins, 1600-1900, a permanent, chronological survey that takes visitors from the early days of American Indians to the Gilded Age. Outstanding is the portrait of the Indian princess Pocahontas painted during her visit to England. At the National Portrait Gallery, 750 Ninth Street NW. Free. 11:30 to 7 p.m. daily. 202/633-1000.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

If there?s such a thing as a movie classic that makes acceptance troublesome at best, Paddy Chayefsky?s The Goddess qualifies as an inimitable, overwritten example. This somber, fatalistic Hollywood art film of 1958 will be revived tomorrow at the Library of Congress. “The Goddess,” a lament for a child of the Depression who grows up to be a neurotic calamity of a movie star, borrowed fragments of biography and hearsay from Marilyn Monroe?s career. It stars Kim Stanley, an Actors Studio grad who faithfully realizes most of the overexplicit vulnerabilities and outbursts Mr. Chayefsky marshaled to drive home his scowling notion of Hollywood celebrity. The free showing begins at 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. SE. Seating is limited to 60. Call 202/707-5677 for additional information about Library of Congress film programs.

— Gary Arnold


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