* If you're at Gallery K this month, make a beeline for the tiny back room, where a group of Corcoran College of Art + Design faculty and students produced a surprisingly rich selection of prints on the theme of "Do's and Don'ts." My favorite, a conceptual piece by Chris Brooks and Casey Smith, falls resoundingly into the "don't" category. The work is a letter written by the fictional Kokomo College of Art + Design (that's Kokomo, Ind.) professor Rod Usher proposing a show for his student Lance Canning at London's swank Haunch of Venison Gallery. Talk about daft. Usher deploys artspeak with such sincerity that you feel for the goon -- even as he laughably lauds Canning's " 'David Smithesque' approach replete with the 'luminousness of dreariness' that many have come to associate with the atmospherics of the American Midwest." Gallery K also hosts two solo shows: upstairs, multicolored squeegee-painted abstractions by June Shadoan channeling Gerhard Richter; downstairs, Anders Shafer's multi-panel cartoons starring famous dead artists.
June Shadoan, Anders Shafer and the Corcoran College of Art + Design Print Portfolio 2003, at Gallery K, 2010 R St. NW, Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 202-234-0339, through April 26.