Opening at the Fridge: 'Laura Elkins: White House Negligee'

Artist Laura Elkins depicts first ladies in unorthodox ways in her show
Artist Laura Elkins depicts first ladies in unorthodox ways in her show "White House Negligee" at the Fridge.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011; 9:39 AM

GALLERY OPENING OF THE WEEK

Painter Laura Elkins specializes in self-portraiture. Then again, she doesn't.

The Washington artist, whose latest exhibition opens at the Fridge on Saturday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., paints herself, but in the guise of first ladies. (You'll recognize Jackie Kennedy's famous pillbox hat in one.) However, they're not entirely straight-faced pictures of presidents' wives either, seeing as the subjects are depicted in various states of undress and with such unorthodox props as a gun.

"Laura Elkins: White House Negligee" runs through Jan. 30 at 516 Eighth St. SE (rear alley). Can't make the opening? Stop by Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. for a conversation between the artist and collector Henry Thaggert. 202-664-4151. www.thefridgedc.com . Free.

- Michael O'Sullivan


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