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WEDNESDAY

Certainly, exhibition designer Ralph Appelbaum has created the corporate “look” of ’90s museums, with his cool-toned palettes, copious use of video monitors, stark manipulation of light and shadow, and careful choreography of objects in galleries. Come to think of it, he couldn’t help but create that “look,” because often it seemed as if he were the only game in any town. It’s almost a shock to see Pentagram turn up on any credits list, now that Appelbaum and his ubiquitous brand have become such shoo-ins for museum boards. His signature is starting to get a little tiresome, but—who knows?—maybe Appelbaum will have a revolution up his sleeve when he takes the lectern tonight at the Corcoran to talk about his work. But I doubt it. Appelbaum speaks at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $16. (202) 639-1770. (Bradford McKee)