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Arts Agenda

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Still from I Vinti, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (1952, 35 mm, 110 minutes). Image courtesy of Photofest.

>> The Art League opens two new exhibits with receptions on Thursday. The outside environment abounds in 'Scapes, the annual juried all-media show inviting representations of landscapes of all kind. The Shape of Things explores sculpture in multiple styles and mediums by Art League artists. 6:30 to 8 p.m.

>> Also on Thursday, Target Gallery opens Sublime Rupture, a series of paintings by Benjamin Duke in which he asks Is this the way the world is? and answers with large, highly-saturated, exaggerated yet skillfully-drawn scenes. The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. with an artist talk at 7 p.m.

>> Performance art can sometimes require patience and a wide-open mind to absorb and appreciate, while some performances strike a personal cord with the viewer (think Marinca Abramovic's The Artist is Present at MoMA in 2010). Thursday evening, join Washington Project for the Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art at a public talk with Esa Nickle, Managing Director/ Producer of Performa, and become more familiar with performance art in the event you stumble upon a woman in a wedding dress (wait for it). Free, but register in advance to save your spot. 7 p.m.

>> The Freer-Sackler Galleries offer a day's worth of art and culture celebrating the Indian subcontinent this Saturday with classical dancing and traditional music, artists creating rice powder paintings, hands-on activities, tours of the newly-opened Worlds Within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran exhibit, plus delicious Indian noms for purchase. Inspired by India: A Family Celebration gets underway with Bollywood dancing at 10:30 a.m. and closes with a screening of the Bollywood movie Mughal-e-Azam at 5:30 p.m. Free.

>> You may want to give Kathryn Cornelius a little space on Sunday, after all, she's planning seven weddings for Saturday. For herself. To seven different men and women. And, she's divorcing them all. So, she might be a little moody. Even ONE wedding can be a pain in the ass, why'd she want to have SEVEN?, you might be thinking. Well, because she can. In this performance piece at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Cornelius encourages an examination of the frivolity some marriages can be for those fortunate enough to have that right. The first hitch happens at 10 a.m., complete with first kiss, photograph, dance, cake and champagne toast, followed by the granting of walking papers. The cycle repeats with new suitors every hour. So, Save the Date! Wear something nice because the wedding party and official witness will be chosen from the audience. Meet her chosen suitors, help sponsor her beautiful day, and follow all the pre-wedding-and-divorce jitters before the big day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Corcoran are still free in August.

>> The National Gallery of Art celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italian master filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni with a series of his films. Catch Story of a Love Affair at 2 p.m. Saturday followed by I Vinti at 4 p.m. The films continue on Sunday with short Lies of Love and Lady Without Camelias at 4:30 p.m. All films are screened in the Gallery’s East Building Auditorium and seating is on first-come, first-seated basis.