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JUNE 20-AUGUST 29
Don’t call the veterinarian: “Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s” should prove no hazard to your pet unless it makes you particularly surly. But perhaps you already are somewhat peeved; the show that today overtakes the second-floor galleries of the Hirshhorn claims to present 10 artists “whose works measure and calibrate a general unease and uncertainty with the world at large.” Not that malaise necessarily clashes with a pleasant summertime night out. Every Thursday evening through August (except for July 4), the Hirshhorn will pair artist-focused gallery talks by museum staff with art-house favorites. Charles Ray inks in a date with Aki Kaurismaki’s The Match Factory Girl (July 18), Mike Kelly is stuffed next to Todd Haynes’ Safe (August 8), and Rachel Whiteread is cast with Jean-Luc Godard’s JLG by JLG (August 22). Tonight’s lineup matches Janos Szasz’s 1994 version of Woyzeck with curator Neal Benezra’s discussion of Thomas Schutte, whose No Respect (pictured) tackles the indeed uneasy status of public monuments. See Listings and Showtimes for weekly schedules. At 7:15 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 8th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Glenn Dixon)