February 18th, 2006

Chris Keeley

The movement -- named for a nonsense word plucked from a dictionary -- was hatched in Zurich during

D is for Dada
Making Sense of a Movement That Was All About Nonsense: A National Gallery Show Spells Out What Made It Tick

By Blake Gopnik
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 19, 2006; N01

The National Gallery of Art is launching one of the most impressive, significant exhibitions in its history. Here are some suggestions for its proper appreciation:

· Visit wearing pink pajamas, combat boots and your grandmother's bra. (Only men should wear the bra. Women might try their great-uncle's underpants.)

· In front of every seventh picture in the show, make a point of thinking about the abuse images from Abu Ghraib.

· In front of every 13th picture, tell yourself not to think about those images.

· Have a friend take you through the exhibition with your eyes closed. Try to imagine the art, based only on what other visitors are saying.

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Chris Keeley

Dada did not invent collage as an artistic medium. The credit for that belongs to the cubists, who h

Chris Keeley

Crow Lodge


Crow Lodge of Twenty-five Buffalo Skins
George Catlin

oil on canvas
24 x 29 in. (60.9 x 73.7 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.


A little background: In the 1830s George Catlin, a painter, traveled across the Great Plains in order to document the "manners, customs, and conditions" of the Native American Plains tribes. Under the Ancestral Lands heading, Anthropologist Peter Nabokov describes a fundamental difficulty in discussing Native Americans as a culture-the multiplicity of tribes and cultures to which we refer when we say Native Americans.

Chris Keeley

When Shooter talked about Scooter, that his eagerness to share important facts with the press and pu

Hunting for a Straight Shooter


Maybe I've had Dick Cheney wrong all along.

Maybe he's not maniacally secretive, manipulative with the truth and contemptuous of democratic institutions. Perhaps he's cruelly misunderstood in his heartfelt desire to disseminate information.

It was at the end of his interview with Brit Hume, when Shooter talked about Scooter, that his eagerness to share important facts with the press and public — a well-concealed trait in recent days, years and decades — burst forth. He pronounced himself a Great Declassifier.

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Chris Keeley

Among the collection's holdings are 320 works by Callahan, believed to be the largest number in the

Andy Warhol's "Lana Turner," 1976-86, part of Hallmark's gift. More Photos >


Highlights from the Hallmark Photographic Collection

For a Dear Museum: Love, Hallmark

It could be a greeting card commercial. A major corporation compiles a stunning multimillion-dollar photography collection and then decides to give it away. Museums around the world covet it, yet the corporation chooses a hometown institution. You can almost hear the music swell as the museum director wipes a tear of gratitude from his eye.

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