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Although the art monthlies often present large, international surveys as slick, high-tech affairs, in the October issue of Flash Art, Carnegie Museum of Art curator Richard Armstrong describes shows such as his own institution’s Carnegie International as “big, beautiful opportunities for people to share information in an old-fashioned way.” Armstrong can’t bring the works with him (although the Hirshhorn will show several of the same artists in next summer’s “Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s”), but for tonight’s installment of the annual Mordes Lecture, he has chosen an even more time-honored approach to them. At 4 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 8th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Glenn Dixon)