PostSecret Confesses to DC Its Love for Dead French Animals
  • Opening Friday, May 1: PostSecret, the little art project-turned-meme that has joined Netflix in bravely justifying the continued existence of the US Postal Service, is returning to its roots with a month-long exhibit at Hillyer Art Center. Creator Frank Warren will join his tiny army of anonymous postcard-sized confessions, tackling the lighthearted theme of "Life, Death and God," at the opening reception this Friday. Reception from 6PM to 9PM, $5 suggested donation. Through June 26. [Hillyer Art Space]
  • Closing Wednesday, April 29: Artist Stanley Mouse, the dubiously-named instigator of a thousand acid trips, is best known for the iconic posters he created for bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. The Grateful Life exhibit at Govinda Gallery features a mix of his classic 1960's work and artwork he created in honor of the recent Grateful Dead show in DC (which, for the anxious, looks a lot like his classic work). [Govinda Gallery]
  • Closing Thursday, April 30: If a taxidermy shop burns down in Paris, will anyone care if its not later woven into a vignette in an Amelie-themed spin-off? Frenchie artist Martin d'Orgeval did care, and proved it by capturing a shop full of half-charred stuffed game in a series of large creepy photos. His Touched By Fire exhibit examines the tension between the purposely preserved and the accidentally destroyed through dismembered antlers, immolated zebras, and other partially identifiable dead things. Free. [Adamson Gallery]
  • Closing Sunday, May 3: Enthusiasts of 17th century Dutch architecture should take note: Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age is nearing the end of its run at the National Gallery of Art. Pride of Place, winner of your intern's own "Most Boringly Entitled Exhibit" contest, features dozens of paintings and maps of, what else, Dutch cityscapes. Free. [National Gallery of Art]
  • Opening Sunday, May 3: Just in time to soothe the hearts broken over the closing of Robert Frank's The Americans , the National Gallery of Art opens another fantastic photography exhibition. Jaromir Funke and the Amateur Avant-Garde collects black and white pictures from photography clubs popular in what is now the Czech Republic around the turn of the 20th century. Unlike modern photo clubs which seem to focus exclusively on cherry blossoms, these photos touch on cubism, surrealism and "irrational states of minds." Free. [National Gallery of Art]

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