The Corcoran Gallery of Art last Tuesday revived an outdoor art site at the corner of 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. Beverly Pepper's "Maya Toltec," a 17-foot-high wood and iron piece, now graces the site last occupied by Barnet Newman's controversial "Broken Obelisk" a decade ago. The Corcoran plans to rotate sculptures there, a spokesman says . . .

Jim Lurie, now starring in "Stranger Than Paradise" and making a cameo appearance in "Desperately Seeking Susan," performs at the 9:30 club Saturday in another sort of cameo -- as a member of the Lounge Lizards (393-0930) . . .

The 30th International Wedgwood Seminar is meeting at the Shoreham Hotel (234-0700) this week and will sponsor various lectures and other events in conjunction with the National Museum of American History's ceramics and glass division (357-3000). The Smithsonian's Wedgwood "Pate Sur Pate" collection is at the Renwick Gallery today . . .

The Richmond-based Virginia Women's Cultural History Project sponsors an all-day symposium on Virginia Women in the Arts, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wolf Trap Farm Park (948-8463). Panel discussions, contemporary and classical concerts, and poetry readings will be featured . . . Washington Independent Writers, now 2,000 strong, celebrates 10 years of independence with an anniversary party and auction at the National Press Club. Tickets are $17.50 (347-4973) . . . Another auction, this one sponsored by the Friends of the National Museum of African Art to benefit that museum, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW. Donation is $5 per person (364-1001).