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Thursday, January 23, 2003

“Hirshhorn Heartfest,” a free, drop-in Valentine’s Day celebration for adults, on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature card-making, a “Romance and Art” gallery talk, live music and light refreshments. The event concludes with an 8 p.m. screening of an experimental film, all at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street S.W.

Throughout the evening adult art lovers can mingle on the museum’s lower level while making valentines with the creative assistance of artists on the Hirshhorn staff (materials provided). At 7 p.m., a Hirshhorn staff member will lead a gallery talk on the permanent collection and the temporary exhibition “Directions–Cecily Brown,” focusing on romance and sensuality in modern and contemporary art. Participants will enjoy live music by the Bruno Nasta Duo, complimentary refreshments and a cash wine bar from 6 to 8 p.m. in the main lobby; the museum store will also be open from 6 to 8 p.m.

At 8 p.m., visitors are invited to attend a free screening of Bill Morrison’s “Decasia” (2002, 67 minutes) in the Ring Auditorium. Called “an investigation of the human desire to transcend earthbound existence” by one writer, it is composed of rephotographed fragments of decaying vintage film in the tradition of avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage.

For more information, call (202) 357-2700 or visit https://hirshhorn.si.edu. The nearest Metrorail stop is L’Enfant Plaza, Maryland Avenue exit. Museum admission is free.

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