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SUNDAY

A youngish-looking artist, Twins Seven-Seven, struts across the video screen and into a hut in Oshogbo, Nigeria, with an air of importance in his stride. Inside, he chants and sings above the percussion surrounding him as if he were the star of the show. His life is cloaked in the same air of surreality invoked by his ink paintings: Story has it that his mother gave birth to six sets of twins but refused to perform the traditional dance welcoming them into the world, and all but Seven-Seven died, including his own twin. Along with pieces by 10 other Oshogbo artists, Seven-Seven’s work is on display in the new exhibition “A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960s.” Opening today, the show features modern sculptures, concrete screens, and textiles that draw from the deep wellsprings of the African oral tradition and Yoruba culture. On view from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 357-4600. (Ayesha Morris)