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WEDNESDAY

Washington artist A. Clarke Bedford juxtaposes the banal and the sublime—or, if you’ve been oversteeped in art history, the mass-market banal with the academic banal. His works depict Rodin’s The Thinker as a Pez dispenser, the Venus of Willendorf in a bikini, and Humpty Dumpty as a gargoyle on the façade of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. The Kreeger Museum hasn’t revealed Bedford’s topic for today’s lecture, but he’s known for talks that muck around with art history and pop culture in much the same spirit as his artwork. It’s a style of scholarship that Peter Greenaway, referring to his own work, once called “apocryphal”—and it should prove just as amusingly irreverent as giving Rodin the Pez treatment. Bedford redoes art history at 1:30 p.m. at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. Free. For reservations call (703) 218-6500. (Mark Jenkins)