The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new exhibition, “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” surveys 72 artists and 92 works from the museum’s collection to present a vision of Latino identity since the mid-1900s. But beyond a common ethnolinguistic history, the diversity among the artists’ works breaks down any notion of a shared vision. There are folkloric elements in paintings such as Melesio Casas’ “Humanscape 62” (1970), but a work such as Olga Albizu’s “Radiante” (1967, shown) sits comfortably next to other abstract paintings of any origin, which is what melting-pot America is all about. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu. (Christopher Porter)
Prime oyster season has arrived, but where can you go without slurping away your entire paycheck? We’ve assembled a handy guide to oyster prices at a dozen seafood-centric restaurants. A dozen bivalves can go from anywhere between $21 to $48 when it’s not happy hour. Thankfully, there are also a number of places to get $1 oyster specials, too. Read more at Young & Hungry. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Future of Music Summit kicks off today at Georgetown University, connecting musicians and fans with academics and policymakers. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 37th and O streets NW. $25–$149.
Baghdad-based heavy metal group Acrassicauda performs at the Black Cat Backstage with local hardcore group Never Submit. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Experimental folk artist William Tyler plays DC9 along with Janel and Anthony and G.B. Parker. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 19th St. NW. $10.
National Book Award winner C.K. Williams and Maryland Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly discuss their work and kick off this season of the Folger Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.
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