OPENINGS

AFRICAN ART -- "Out of the Ordinary: Domestic and Ritual Furnishings from Africa," aesthetic and spiritual qualities of furnishings, opens Thursday, continuing through October. "Traditional Costumery and Jewelry in africa" (dress and jewelry of the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania); selections from the permanent collection (including works from Nigeria, Mali, guinea, Angola and Cameroon). Permanent displays: "African Influences on Modern Art," "Animals in African Art," "Drums and Musical Instruments," "Life and Times of frederick Douglas," "Outdoor Wall Murals of the N'Debele/Zulu People." Eliot Elisonfon audio visual show, "Tribute to Africa." Contemporary African crafts displayed in Boutique Africa. 316-332 A St. NE Mon-Fri., 11-5; Sat.-Sun., 12-5.

HIRSHHORN -- "R. B. Kitaj." Retrospective of a complex contemporary painter. 104 works. Opens Thursday, continuing through Nov. 15. "Larry Rivers: The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Collection, "45 works, through Sept. 20. "Hina," wood sculpture by Paul gauguin, through Sept. 30. Independence Avenue and 8th Street SW. Daily, 10-9.

OAS -- Eduardo Guisiano paintings, Taty Rybak sculptures, opens Thursday, continuing through Oct. 9. Sculpture by Salvador Manzano, Aztec garden, through Tuesday. Permanent collection. 17th Street & Constitution Ave. NW. 10-5. Murals by Fernando de Szyszlo and Manabu Mabe, tapestry by Leonardo Nierman, lobby, 1889 F Street NW.

OCTAGON -- "Alfred Bendiner, FAIA:A Retrospective," watercolors lithogiraphs and caricatures by the late Philadelphia architect and artist (1899-1964), opens Tuesday, continuing through Oct. 25. 1799 New York Ave. NW. Tues. Fri., 10-4; Sat.-Sun. 1-4.