Please Note: Hillwood will be closed for annual cleaning January 8 – February 2, 2018. This thorough cleaning of the collections allows Hillwood to maintain the standards expected by visitors.
Another year of special exhibitions, programs, lectures, festivals, and year-round beauty in the gardens will begin on February 3.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will display an exhibition titled The Artistic Table, February 17-June 10. In the 1950s & 1960s, Marjorie Merriweather Post, who owened Hillwood, entertained diplomats, socialites, politicians, and other worldly guests. Her exquisite furnishings and objects reflected her passion for collecting the decorative and fine arts of imperial Russia and eighteenth-century France. The opulent dining services of the tsarist and French courts were displayed throughout her mansion. In addition to dining, guests at her table “enjoyed a visual feast created by sumptuous Sèvres services, glistening sterling silver, Russian imperial services, and lace tablecloths, among many other items from her collection.” For the upcoming exhibition, a number of interior designers were invited to create a range of presentations using Hillwood’s remarkable collection as the source for a display of historic tables on view in the forty-four-foot dining room and the adjacent breakfast room. The special exhibition space in the dacha will house the tables fashioned by renowned interior designers to generate a conversation between past and contemporary design.
President Woodrow Wilson House is exhibiting The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay to February 2018.“In April 1917, President Wilson approved the greatest shipbuilding program in history: an order for 1,000 ships to make up the shortage of transport vessels needed for the war effort. The war ended before any ships were put into service and hundreds were simply scrapped in the Bay. Thus, in the middle of the Potomac, in Mallows Bay, lies the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere, a haunting legacy of WWI. This exhibit explores the history of this Ghost Fleet, tells the stories behind a scandalous wartime boondoggle and highlights the rich archaeological and ecological treasure it has become today.”
The Kreeger Museum in Northwest DC has reopened the main-level galleries with a fresh new look, guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper. Phase I of the Museum's permanent collection reinstallation introduces works that have not been on view for several years, while offering fresh perspectives on collection favorites by Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, and other modern and Impressionist masters. Image below: Phase I also includes the installation of a recent acquisition titled Against the Day 2007, granite by California Sculptor Richard Deutsch. The sculpture is a gift of The Chevy Chase Land Company- Photo by Colin Winterbottom. Against the Day is familiar to many residents of Chevy Chase, as the sculpture stood for many years in one of The Collection's two parks.
The Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden has installed Portals by Sandra Muss. Composed of seven stainless steel and mirrored columns, each ten-foot tall and wrapped in wire, Muss’s work "welcomes visitors into the woods and invites them to explore its mazelike arrangement.” The five-and-a-half-acre grounds “provide visitors with new opportunities to explore the relationship between art and the natural world.
Judy A. Greenberg, Director of the Kreeger Museum has commented that "Portals was conceived by Sandra Muss in response to the environment, reflecting the surroundings and the change of seasons, and encouraging visitors, as they meander through the trees, to interact with the sculpture. The impressive installation makes a significant contribution to this next phase of the development of The Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden."
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is presenting Books in the Field: Studying the Art of War in Revolutionary America, thru March 4 at Anderson House in Washington, D.C. Anderson House is located near DuPont Circle.
The Society of the Cincinnati will display an exhibition titled Alexander Hamilton’s American Revolution, March 15-September 16. "Alexander Hamilton joined the American forces in the spring of 1775 at the age of eighteen, a recent immigrant from St. Croix who had quickly embraced the cause of American independence. During the Revolutionary War, Hamilton witnessed the horrors and heroism of battle as a field commander, and the challenges of maintaining a national army as the principal aide-de-camp to George Washington. As an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati and, later, its second president general, Hamilton supported his fellow veterans’ mission to ensure the Revolution would not be forgotten. This exhibition explores how Hamilton’s participation in the struggle for American independence helped to shape his vision for the new nation and its institutions."
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting Painting Shakespeare, thru February 11, 2018. Visitors can “discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents kids and adults alike, with a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.” Museum founders Henry and Emily Folger collected paintings, scrapbooks, posters, programs, figurines, prints, drawings, and photographs and placed their collection in “a building that included not only space for researchers, but also a theater and an exhibition hall.”
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the private non-profit organization that owns and operates George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will close the Mansion from January 22 through February 4 for scheduled annual preservation work. During the Mansion’s closure, the estate will remain open to guests and offer a 50-percent discount on admission tickets available at the gate or online at www.mountvernon.org/ticketing
Image below: An aerial view of Mount Vernon
Museum of the Bible
The Museum of the Bible opened two blocks from the National Mall in Southwest DC in November. The eight-story museum provides guests with “an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible.” The museum's cutting-edge technology is designed to bring the Bible to life. The museum “spans time, space, and cultures, inviting everyone to engage with the Bible. With three permanent sections and space for temporary exhibits, there will always be something new to explore.” The Museum Theatre opened with a production of Amazing Grace: The Musical. Please see the “Theatre in DC” column of this edition for more information about the theatre.
Image below: The entrance to the Museum of the Bible