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Sometimes art shows can seem pretty random. A sculpture of a blue rabbit will be sitting next to an installation piece of old shoes on ropes made out of dog hair. Until a unifying theme is revealed, it might seem like a random collection of weird, albeit interesting, stuff.

Enter the curator. If you've ever wondered who picks out the pieces for an art show, he/she is the person you're looking for. Nicholas Bell, curator of the Renwick Gallery at the super-huge Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., is coming to Garden City and will speak at Enso Artspace tonight.

Bell will share his insights on the Smithsonian's upcoming 2012 exhibition, 40 under 40: Craft Futures. The show investigates the idea of craft in a variety of forms—from the traditional (ceramics, needlepoint) to the more modern (fashion design, sustainable manufacturing)—which means there should be a whole mess of cool stuff to look at.

You can listen to Bell talk about the exhibit for FREE at 7 p.m.