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Project 4: If you were the kid who really liked dissecting frogs and fetal pigs, “Specimen” features your kind of art. It involves agar, petri dishes, and unidentifiable things suspended in liquid-filled jars. There’s also a porcelain dog head attached to crocheted entrails. Reception is tonight, 3/16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
DCAC: Yeehaw. The District of Columbia Art Center’s new exhibit is the self-explanatory “Jolly Cowboy.” It’s curated by Cara Ober, who had her own show at Flashpoint in February. Reception is tonight, 3/16, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Jerusalem Fund Gallery: For an option that doesn’t involve cowboy hats, consider the work of Doris Bittar, who was born in Baghdad and grew up outside of Beirut. The reception for “Khaldiyeh’s River Rock Story and Other Stories of Resistance” is tonight, 3/16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Embassies: Although their opening receptions have passed, several embassies have new exhibits. (They can help you think of the buildings as more than places of visa-induced hassle.) While most of them are closed on weekends, the Embassy of Finland is open daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its exhibit “Birdhouse,” opening today, features works by Kaj Stenvall, who for some reason or another really likes imagining ducks in various situatons. (Imagine Donald Duck looking out plaintively over the sea.)