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Lucky D.C.: Free John Waters lecture

I almost don’t want to blog about this — come on, like anyone in this city reads this blog? — because I intend to get there early for the very best seat. But: indie film maker John Waters will be stopping by the Smithsonian’s American Arts Museum at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday to give a lil’ lecture on modernist painter Cy Twombly’s work “Letter of Resignation” (1967).


The talk kicks off the museum’s joint series with the National Portrait Gallery called “American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series,” which pairs great works of art with pre-eminent figures of contemporary American culture.

Other discussions in the series include:

April 11: Novelist Jamaica Kincaid discusses Edward Lamson Henry‘s painting “Kept In” (1889).

April 18: Scholar Harold Holzer discusses John Henry Brown’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1860).

And the other one I’m most ecstatic about:

April 26: Cartoonist Roz Chast discusses Charles Addams’s famously gruesome cartoon “Boiling Oil” (1946).


Here’s more info.

Which lectures will/would you attend?

Cy Twombly

Just taking a minute to celebrate the work of American painter Cy Twombly who turned 80 in April. Along with Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd and Yves Klein, Twombly was born in 1928 and yet, he’s the only one still with us.
The Tate Modern in London has a retrospective of his work right now including this one, The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. 1993-94.

Interestingly, a year ago in France, an artist was arresting for kissing one of Twombly’s works – which sell for millions of dollars – and leaving a lipstick smudge on it. The woman, who is still awaiting prosecution, told authorities she was compelled by beauty:

“It was just a kiss, a loving gesture. I kissed it without thinking; I thought the artist would understand… It was an artistic act provoked by the power of Art”

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