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Ah, second place. The silver medal, that cherished emblem announcing to all, “Congratulate me—I lost!” Curating the upcoming public-art project “Synergy,” Anne C. Fisher found herself steeped in worthy submissions—an unlikely problem in a genre marked by all the intellectual sophistication of polyurethane pandas. Rather than cast aside the, well, losers, Fisher created an exhibition opportunity aptly titled “Beyond Synergy.” Though the name might call to mind images of corporate America’s khaki-clad overachievers demonstratively clasping their hands together before a meticulously prepared PowerPoint presentation set to Enya’s “Orinoco Flow,” the show is actually the collected work of nine artists exploring various media, including painting, sculpture, collage, and installation. Stepping outside D.C.’s self-imposed boundaries of cuddly apolitical public art, Rosemary Luckett’s piece Aphrodite Sarah frames a disembodied head mounted atop a circular stone table. Which is what I’d like to do to those pandas. Celebrate the underdog from noon to 6 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Anne C. Fisher Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW. Free. (202) 625-7555. (Kara McPhillips)