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Sean Scully has a deep connection with museums in the District. The Irish-born, American-based abstract artist has enjoyed surveys at the Phillips Collection and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Now, his Landline series—the subject of a special exhibition during the Venice Biennale in 2015—will get a thoroughgoing review at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Sean Scully: Landline comprises more than 40 paintings, drawings, and even photographs, all centered around the same simple impulse: horizontal bands of color. Scully’s closest cousin in American abstraction might be Marsden Hartley, at least in terms of the deep, rich colors he favors. (Although one of the highlights in this show is Scully’s stacks of aluminum painted bars, which will inevitably, if mistakenly, summon Donald Judd to the conversation.) Scully’s work is conservative: He channels postwar values of deep looking, spiritual immersion, and personal expressionism. That outlook in painting isn’t so much gone as it is classic. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Feb. 3, 2019 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. hirshhorn.si.edu.(Kriston Capps)
OH AND ALSO
Alt rock singer-songwriter Pete Yorn performs at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $36.50–$69.50.
U Street Music Hall hosts Converge, a party that serves as an intersection of sound, media, and movement, featuring DJs Underdog and Native Sun. 10:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. Free.
Indie pop duo SALES performs at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $17–$19.
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