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As with many contemporary artists, it’s hard to characterize the oeuvre of Sam Taylor-Wood. Last year, Olga M. Viso—the curator of Taylor-Wood’s one-installation show at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, on view from July 15 to Oct. 17—asked the artist what she thought of “art-film hybrid” as a shorthand way of categorizing her work. “My answer,” the ever-enigmatic Taylor-Wood replied, “is…it is just art.” The art on display in the Hirshhorn’s Directions Gallery is Noli Me Tangere (Latin for “Don’t Touch Me”), a laser-disc-projected installation featuring an acrobat who seems to be holding up the gallery’s ceiling. Hear Taylor-Wood discuss her high-tech piece’s resonances with the mythical Atlas and the biblical Jesus at noon at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Louis Jacobson)

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