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At the Hirshhorn Museum, courtesy curator John Baldessari, a storyline via Ed Paschke, Alfred Jensen and Milton Avery
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by Sidney Lawrence

The many museums of Washington, D.C., present a rich trove of exhibitions, but the quirkiest by far is the survey of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden collection by comic California conceptualist John Baldessari. "Ways of Seeing: John Baldessari Explores the Collection" (July 26, 2006-Sept. 20, 2007) presents a familiar enough curatorial strategy -- bring in an artist, with an artist’s unique irreverence, to take a fresh look at the stuff in storage.