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In the late ’60s, Sam Gilliam—one of a group of D.C.-area abstract painters profoundly influenced by the post-abstract expressionist artist Morris Louis—began experimenting with nontraditional painting techniques, pouring his paint directly onto unstretched canvases. Gilliam, with revolutionary insight, pursued the technique to its logical conclusion, displaying his completed canvases—still unstretched—in emphatically three-dimensional configurations. Gilliam has cascaded his paintings from gallery walls, draped them over free-standing armatures, and, more recently, executed bas-relief works on interlocking pieces of plywood, merging the pieces’ sculptural and pictorial qualities. In conjunction with a solo exhibition of Gilliam’s work on view through Jan. 2, the artist will take part in a conversation with noted critic-curators John Beardsley and Jane Livingston at 7:30 p.m. at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. $10. (202) 337-3050. (LR)