- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The National Museum of African Art’s long-awaited unveiling of African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection, its latest gift, meets all expectations. The museum selected 88 extraordinary artworks from the original donation of 525 objects — masks, headdresses, figures and decorative objects from as far afield as the Benin and Yoruba peoples. Originally amassed by New York City real estate developer Paul Tishman and his wife Ruth, who sold the cache to the Walt Disney Company in 1984, the collection has had little major exposure until now. At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Sept. 7, 2008. Free. 202/633-4600.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Documentary compilations at the National Gallery of Art over the next two weekends will provide vintage impressions of Great Britain. The first of the free programs, screened in the auditorium of the East Building, is scheduled for tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Called How to Survive the 1940s, it harks back to the period following World War II and consists of half a dozen government advisory and instructional films whose goal was to “put a war-weary nation back on its feet.” The topics range from thrift to family nutrition.

About two dozen brief travelogues photographed by Claude Friese-Greene in a pioneering color process during the 1920s will be showcased on Feb. 17 at noon and Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. Originally exhibited as theatrical novelties, the films recall such locations as South Devon, Cardiff, Plymouth, London, Blackpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Constitution Avenue and Fourth Street NW. 202/847-6799.

— Gary Arnold


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