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The Light Fantastic

| January 10, 2013 | Parties National

THE PARTY This arts extravaganza, designed by David Stark, helped close out a week’s worth of events to celebrate the golden annivesary of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum was transformed into an interactive, multimedia wonderland with dancers, music and, of course, art installations by some of the nation’s and world’s most notable artists. THE PEOPLE Art-smart politicos like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined artists such as Nick Cave, who choreographed a multisensory performance starring Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Radical Elite marching band and the KanKouran West African Dance Company, whose members wore Cave’s signature “soundsuits.” Jason Moran, The Kennedy Center’s artistic advisor for jazz, also lent his talent to the show. BEST IN SHOW Guests marveled at massive works of art crafted entirely of everyday materials: A 20-foot-tall crayon pyramid; a viewing platform made of Post-it notes and a yarn globe, ten feet in diameter, knitted on-site. Photography by Tony powell



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