TO FEB. 15

You walk around the District of Ladies’ “Girls Against Boys” exhibition armed with a scoresheet and a Putt-Putt pencil, examining 16 pairs of artworks (28th St., New York City is pictured). One of each pair is done by a man, the other by a woman, but neither is marked with the name of its creator. On your scoresheet, you pick which is the woman’s, which is the man’s, and which of the two is better. The ballots are collected; the results are tabulated; and the superior sex will be determined beyond dispute at the show’s closing and awarded a cheap plastic trophy. Though the battle of the sexes surely won’t be resolved this way, the blind voting turns out to be a fun self-test. Take Sublet—a set of photos of a woman wearing red leather gloves holding a pink balloon, which inspired the following narrative within my psyche: That pink balloon looks like a breast. Must be a lesbo fantasy. But only dudes have such predictable lesbo fantasies. Well, maybe the artist’s a lesbian. Hmmm. Or Barcelona, a manipulated photo printed on velvety red paper depicting a beauty in a strapless dress shooting a flag reading “DIVA” from a pistol, which produced this internal ramble: No self-respecting female would do that. Gotta be a dude. But maybe it’s a post-feminist critique. Wait. Isn’t post-feminist out and good, old-fashioned feminist back in? Hmmm. Struggle with your own sexist subconscious from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, to Sunday, Feb. 15, at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 462-7833. (Mike DeBonis)

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