Thanks to local blogger dccaf for alerting us to a DC film premiere tonight over at the Phillips Collection. I've heard plenty of buzz about a.k.a. Nikki S. Lee. In the movie, which premiered in New York City at the MoMA, the South Korean-born artist acts as the "real" Nikki, a quiet, studious young woman who is making a documentary about her alter ego, Nikki Two, an exhibitionist who appears in a series of popular and notorious photographs that won the real-life Nikki S. Lee acclaim a few years ago.
Slightly confused? I don't blame you. But go find out what it's all about for yourself—the film promises to be a real treat. As the New York Times' Carol Kino wrote, "Though it may be perceived as exhibitionistic, [Lee's] art has a spiritual, almost Buddhistic, undercurrent: her ability to don and doff personalities at will implies a lack of concern with self. The audience eventually comes to sense that this capacity may not be hers alone, that perhaps we all contain multitudes."
a.k.a. Nikki S. Lee
6:00 pm and 7:15 pm
Free with museum admission ($12)
600 21st St. NW