Paintings by New Yorker Cartoonist, Poop Art Explained

Paintings by New Yorker Cartoonist, Poop Art Explained
  • Closing Friday, April 17: We all know how your Wonkette feels about a certain New Yorker luminary, but one bad apple shouldn't spoil the whole bunch. The Austrian Embassy is, for just a few more days, showing paintings and self-portraits by famous New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner. Free. [Embassy of Austria
  • Thursday, April 16: Even if you've had a chance to visit the Louise Bourgeois exhibition at the Hirschhorn, you may still wonder exactly how sculpted piles of poop make for great art. Valerie Fletcher, the organizing curator of the exhibit, will be helping the symbolically-handicapped by explaining how Bourgeois's work is anchored in her life. 7PM to 8PM in Ring Auditorium, free. [Hirschhorn Museum]
  • Closing Friday, April 17: Private Arts: A Designer's Art Exhibition actually seems less directed towards designers and more towards those suffering from ADD. Over 150 works from 38 artists are on display, so if you don't like one piece, you just have to move two pieces down -- this is liberty in action, folks. Free. [Artery 717]
  • Closing Saturday, April 18: Project 4, a contemporary gallery on U Street, is wrapping up its Hero and Baddie exhibit by Calla Thompson. Thompson mixes media to make funny/creepy works that second-guess the simple separation of people into Good and Evil. How dare she question eight whole years US foreign policy? Free. [Project 4]
  • Saturday, April 13: The BIG! Family Day at the National Archives somehow manages to eschew any obvious mention of the weird 30-person Duggar media-whore conglomerate to celebrate tall tales, big puzzles, big towers, and anything else that is, you guessed it, BIG! Don't miss this singular opportunity to make large-scale drawings on the oddly sexy-sounding "pantograph." Noon to 3PM, free. [National Archives]
  • Closing Sunday, April 19: Two shows, both centered on Hungary, are ending this week at American University's Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. A survey of Lajos Vajda features paintings and huge charcoal drawings from the influential 20th-century Hungarian artist who died at age 33 in a labor camp. On a less depressing note, the Another Time—Another Place: Contemporary Hungarian Video Artists is a look at tiny shifts in time and space through video. Both are free. [Katzen Arts Center]

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