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Jolted to prominence by her early 1990s “Beach Portraits”—striking images of swimsuit-clad children and adolescents against minimal, oceanside backgrounds—Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra has made a career out of photography and video work of young people. For “The Krazyhouse,” her newest video installation, Dijkstra recorded a group of five people she found at a Liverpool nightclub (called The Krazyhouse), dancing along to a DJed set in a studio she had built in the back of the club. The result is both revealing and uncomfortable; four video channels project onto separate walls, their solitary subjects—Dee, Philip, Nicky, Megan, and Simon—isolated against a white background with the music around them their only company. By looking at dancing, an action that is both personal and performative, Dijkstra’s work probes the individual’s complicated place in a social group. Though still more famous for her still portraits, Dijkstra continues to push portraiture into colder places, away from the rosiness of its origins—even into the abandon and strangeness of a nightclub. The exhibition is on view Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to June 15, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8–$10. (202) 639-1700. corcoran.org.