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Marking the Infinite shows all the signs of an ideal summertime museum experience. It’s a survey of contemporary art by aboriginal women from Australia, a subject that’s bound to be unfamiliar to many viewers. It’s an exhibition of nine artists, a number that allows the museum to explore the theme in depth while giving a sense of each artist’s individual contributions. And it’s a sign that the Phillips Collection takes seriously its obligation to find intersections between its mostly white, mostly American or European modernist body of work and the broader world. A show of this scale and subject would be welcome any time of year, but the expansive nature of these artists’ abstractions seems especially suited to summer. It’s hard not to see in Angelina Pwerle’s “Bush Plum” (2010) a limitless cosmology—possibly a vision so often associated with the Dreamtime in aboriginal art, or maybe just a blanket of stars. Closer to home, the works bear broad affinities to paintings by artists in the Phillips Collection, from Arthur Dove to Paul Klee. “Nangi/Yerrdagarri (Traveling Message Stick)” and “Fi (String Game),” two new murals for the museum’s courtyard by Regina Pilawuk Wilson, illustrate how the museum is looking outside its own walls for opportunities, literally and spiritually. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to September 9 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org. (Kriston Capps)
OH AND ALSO
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, a playful, all-male comic ballet company, performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$65.
MahoganyBooks hosts a book launch and author signing featuring Victoria Christopher Murray, whose new book, Envy, centers on a woman who seemingly has it all, but soon finds out she has a long lost sister who isn’t what she seems. 7 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Union Stage presents Jokes On Tap, an open mic comedy night in the tap room. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. Free.
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