- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2007

Just when you thought museums had squeezed every last interpretative drop out of modernism, another exhibit appears to draw more juice. Through photography from Central Europe, mostly taken in the 1920s and ‘30s by little-known artists, a small but meaty show at the National Gallery reveals a populist and nationalistic side of modernism rarely covered in other surveys.

The 150 works in Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945, many shown in this country for the first time, represent just a small sampling of the creative photography that blossomed in Central Europe. They leave us wondering how different the history of photography would have been if these countries had not experienced war and totalitarianism but instead had continued to advance the modern visions represented in this captivating show.

West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 3. Free. 202/737-4215

Deborah K. Dietsch

The Avalon has announced a pair of summer revival series. The most economical, “Classic Family Movie Month,” is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and begins July 7 and 8 with The Wizard of Oz. The subsequent selections are The Muppet Movie, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang and Grease. The admission price is $5 for all ages. Avalon members are eligible for a discounted price of $3.

Three Wednesday morning dates will be devoted to illustrated lectures about the movie musical, conducted by film historian Max Alvarez. His presentations will be followed by screenings of three cherished titles: Singin’ in the Rain on July 11, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on July 18 and Fiddler on the Roof on July 25.

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Gary Arnold

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