May 24, 2010

Exhibits Around Washington

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), Saint Luke Contemplating the Crucifixion
This week and weekend will be Washington's last chance to visit the Sacred Made Real: Sculpture and Paintings from the Spanish Baroque exhibit currently at the National Gallery of Art.  I've been twice already, and I've got to tell you: it is amazing.  I am going to try my hardest to make it there again before the week is up, because the exhibit is small but magnificent.  (The painting of Saint Luke, above, is the first of the exhibit. It is wonderful, but by no means the most exquisite piece of the collection.)  Take your kids too. 

Also showing at the NGA is American Modernism and Beat Memories (which, by all accounts, thinks to highly of itself.  But then, the beats always thought too highly of themselves, so it makes sense).  These are both showing till the fall.  Finally, the huge Chester Dale collection is on display till July.  Read Miss Eastland's review here.

Closing out next month at the Freer (my very favorite gallery!) is a series of nocturne etchings by James McNeil Whistler (my favorite American artist).  Pop into the Freer next time you're on the Mall and need a little peace and quiet.  (See below)

Meanwhile, the National Building Museum (which is, perhaps, the most underrated museum in Washington) has a fascinating exhibit celebrating the centennial of the Council for Fine Arts, and the building of Washington's memorials, federal buildings, and so forth. Their exhibits are short (this one is only going through July), so get there while you can. (HT: We Love DC)
James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne Third State

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