Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is displaying an exhibition titled The Artistic Table, thru June 10. In the 1950s & 1960s, Marjorie Merriweather Post, who owned 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 houses the tables, which were fashioned by renowned interior designers "to generate a conversation between past and contemporary design."
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 Society of the Cincinnati is displaying an exhibition titled Alexander Hamilton’s American Revolution, thru 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 Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the private non-profit organization that owns and operates George Washington’s Mount Vernon, has reopened the Mansion after having closed it in early February for scheduled annual preservation work.
The Museum of the Bible opened two blocks from the National Mall in Southwest DC in November, 2017. 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