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TO JAN. 22
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Andrea Pollan established the Curator’s Office in late October to provide art-consulting services and a “micro gallery.” The terminology is apt: Pollan’s gallery space, located in the new Logan Circle arts building that also houses G Fine Art and Hemphill Fine Arts, is smaller than many Washington restrooms. In the current exhibition, “The Staged Body: Contemporary Photography,” there’s space for just one work apiece by a half-dozen artists. D.C.-based artist Mary Coble peels the cover off gender-bending “drag kings”—in this case, with a piece depicting a woman with her breasts roughly duct-taped and her genitals covered by tighty-whities. Fellow D.C. artist Noah Angell portrays a Metro rider staring blankly out the window, his look mirrored by the goldfish in the plastic bag on his lap. (The untitled work is pictured.) Justine Kurland photographs several nude women frolicking in a mountainside clearing, part of her improvised series starring young women who are, in her words, “independent and free.” Nudity also features prominently in two other provocative works. A creepy one, part of a celebrated series of beach photographs by Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra, features a baby girl spread-eagle on the sand. The second, by public-nudity maestro Spencer Tunick, perfectly blends humor and artistry: It features more than 100 fully naked volunteers lying down parallel to one another in a New York City alleyway. Intentionally or not, their adjoining skins mimic the color of Peking duck or suckling pig, all in the shadow of a red awning that could easily be that of a Chinese restaurant. The show is on view from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, to Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Curator’s Office, 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 201. Free. (202) 387-1008. (Louis Jacobson)