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Charlotte Dumas, an Amsterdam- and New York-based photographer, is probably best known for her series documenting the rescue dogs of 9/11. But that project is just one of Dumas’ several animal series, four of which the Corcoran is showing as part of their ongoing Dumas exhibit, “Anima.” A 2005 series on wolves parses out their paradoxes—they are at once feared and revered, wild animals that are now able to survive largely thanks to the intervention of humans. In her beige-dominated images, Dumas captures wolves looking terrifying in one moment, and cuddly in the next. A 2008 series on homeless dogs in Palermo is heartrending, showing a dozen dogs surviving obvious deprivation with rough dignity. The remaining two series at the Corcoran are portraits of working horses. The more compelling of the two is a newly commissioned series on the burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. Working in teams of six, these horses execute eight burial ceremonies a day, five days a week. No wonder they seem so drained in Dumas’ late-in-the-day photographs, enveloped in their stalls by a funereal gloom.
The exhibit is on view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays to Oct. 28 at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $10. Free on Saturdays to Sept. 1. corcoran.org. (202) 639-1700.