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August 18, 2008 Mid-Century Modern

Smithsonian Exhibition: Washington Painting at Midcentury

With most of your co-workers (and more importantly your bosses) at the beach, take a long lunch one of these days at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to take in the show, Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury. The exhibition, which runs until Oct. 13, highlights 27 large-scale paintings created by Washington-based modernist artists between the mid-1950s and mid-1970s. Artists featured include Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Sam Gilliam, Paul Reed, Jacob Kainen, Alma Thomas, Leon Berkowitz, Fel Hines and Howard Mehring.