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Perhaps because they represent a very specific moment in art history, not all the short films in the Freer Gallery of Art’s “Kusama/Ono/Iimura: New York’s 1960s Avant-Garde” series have aged gracefully. The 1967 performance film Kusama’s Self-Obliteration (filmed by Yayoi Kusama collaborator Jud Yalkut), for example, looks now like a parody as the artist sticks her signature red polka dots on anything that stands still—and even several animals that don’t. By contrast, Takahiko Iimura’s black-and-white 1962 meditation on the human form, Ai (Love), feels as captivating and modern as a Chris Cunningham video. The film falls somewhere between erotica and horror as two bodies wildly kiss, grope, and bite each other in extreme closeup, and is set to an atmospheric soundscape courtesy of Yoko Ono (whose own 1970 films Fly and Freedom round out the series). The program is presented in conjunction with the Sackler installation “Perspectives: Yayoi Kusama” and starts at 7 p.m. in the Freer Gallery of Art’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. (202) 633-4880. (Jason Powell)