There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Seeing the title of the Lisa Ruyter’s latest exhibition, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” it’s easy to think of Sherrie Levine’s landmark and polarizing 1980 exhibition in which she rephotographed and displayed, without any alteration, a series of Walker Evans photographs that appeared in James Agee’s Great Depression volume Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. But Ruyter—a native Washingtonian, the child of Dutch immigrants, and now a painter based in Austria—has blazed a distinct course. She does appropriate images from the same era, but adapts them more aggressively, painting in bold colors a variety of scenes from the archive of the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information at the Library of Congress. Oddly enough, she skips Evans.