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"The Painted Cinema" Opens March 15th at Italian Embassy

March 13, 2012

During the filming of the movie Lust for Life (winner, among other things, of a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 1957), which Vincent Minnelli filmed in Belgium in 1955 on the life of Vincent Van Gogh, Giuseppe Flangini created a storyboard of more than 50 works, including oils and drawings.

An exhibition “The Painted Cinema” (IL CINEMA DIPINTO) presented by the Embassy of Italy/Italian Cultural Institute (in collaboration with Regione Lombardia, Associazione Giuseppe e Gina Flangini, and Associazione Colosseum Roma) offers the American public a chance to see these works.  This exhibit opens March 15, 2012 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Exceptional examples of the production work of the film (cast, scenes, actors), but also a glimpse of a place and a time in European history through the multi-faceted perspective of the time of Van Gogh and the production period of the film, an American cinematographic insight and its reinterpretation by the estrus of an Italian painter.

At the opening, Maestro Stefano Gueresi will perform at the piano his compositions inspired by Flangini’s paintings and a series of ceramics by Claudio Cipriani will also be on display.

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The Embassy of Italy is located at 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW,


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"Bits of Everywhere" Only at Addison/Ripley

March 1, 2012

"Bits of Elsewhere," Isabel Manalo's second exhibition at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, runs March 10 - April 14, 2012.

Web of Truths, 2011, acrylic, oil and cut photographs on Yupo (Photo by: Isabel Manalo) Web of Truths, 2011, acrylic, oil and cut photographs on Yupo

The artist's characteristic white space is still prominent in these new paintings and drawings, but her exploration of textures has exploded onto the surfaces. Balancing chaos and order,  she drips, assembles and entwines material onto Yupo and Mylar.

Continuing to work from photographs, Ms. Manalo offers a vision that, reduces her imagery to monochromatic shadow-like forms and, at the same time, presents a bright, fractal complexity.

Meet the Artist Saturday, March 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue Tel: 202.338.5180


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President Obama To Attend Groundbreaking of African American Museum

February 15, 2012

The Smithsonian Institution announced Wednesday that President Obama will deliver remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), February 22nd starting at 10:00 am.

Actress Phylicia Rashad will be the emcee and musical performers include Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, jazz pianist Jason Moran, Stanley Thurston and Howard University Jazz ensemble-Afro Blue.

The construction site of the NMAAHC is at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History.

The Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group designed building will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture and will be the first green building on the National Mall.

The museum is scheduled to open in 2015.

The event is by invitation only and not open to the public. The ceremony will be webcast.


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