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TO DECEMBER 31
“I know a quality I want, in painting or in dancing or in anything else, and I do it,” describes self-taught artist Geoffrey Holder (pictured). Since the day he stole his older brother Boscoe’s oil paints in his native Trinidad as a young teen, talent and confidence have won him recognition in a wide variety of creative endeavors. “Touched by the Muses: The Artistic World of Geoffrey Holder” captures the artist’s world through paintings created over the last two decades and a biographical sketch detailing his other interests. His paintings capture the vivacity of the African diaspora—the brightly colored streets of the Caribbean, the golden-hued tones of Creole women—through a distinguished choice of color, shape, and form. In addition to painting, he has made his name as an actor, singer, choreographer, composer, librettist, costume designer, scenery designer, writer, and photographer. Holder has choreographed for the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and danced with Josephine Baker. Winner of two Tony awards—for Best Costume Design and Best Director for The Wiz and Timbuktu, respectively—Holder’s also bears an honorary doctorate from North Carolina Central University and the Humming Bird Medal from his native Trinidad. Holder is definitely not a starving artist, but I’m sure starring roles in movies like Annie, Swashbuckler, Dance Black America, and Boomerang haven’t hurt. To Dec. 31 at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. (202) 728-1628. Free. (Ayesha Morris)