- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

New Orleans has been called “the most African” of all American cities. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the New Orleans Museum of Art has an exceptional collection of the arts of Africa, of which 94 pieces are being shown at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Some of the most impressive pieces in Resonance From the Past: African Sculpture From the New Orleans Museum of Art come from the highland Dogon people of Mali and from two 20th-century Nigerian sculptors, Olowe of Ise and Areogun of Osi-Ilorin. At the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Free. 202/633-4600.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Goethe-Institut Washington and the National Gallery of Art will share a compact retrospective series called Rebels With a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany, with selections that range from 1953 to 1990. The series begins at the Goethe-Institut on Monday with a 6:30 p.m. screening of the most recent, Peter Kahane?s The Architects, which went into production in 1989 and needed to reconstruct a segment of the demolished Berlin Wall in the interests of period authenticity. The series concludes Nov. 25 at the National Gallery’s East Building with one of the more esteemed dramatizations of concentration camp survival, Frank Beyer?s Naked Among Wolves, circa 1963. Derived from a memoir of imprisonment at Buchenwald, the movie used the camp as a location site. Admission to Goethe-Institut screenings is $4 to $6. 812 Seventh St. NW. 202/289-1200. Admission is free to National Gallery film programs. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/847-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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