The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas, thru March 31.First Chefs “tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of early modern food culture, and juxtaposes the extravagance of an increasingly cosmopolitan and wealthy upper class against the human cost of its pleasures: the millions of enslaved women, children, and men, servants, gardeners, street criers, and laborers who toiled to feed themselves and many others.”
The curators of the exhibition are Amanda E. Herbert and Heather Wolfe, with assistant curator Elizabeth DeBold.
The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is exhibiting Juggling the Middle Ages, thru February 28, 2019.The exhibition focuses on a medieval tale known often as Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. It’s the story of “a humble juggler-turned-monk who struggles to think of a gift worthy of the Virgin Mary, before delivering a heartfelt juggling performance in front of her statue. Over the centuries the story has inspired films, books, even an opera and other music.” The exhibit “follows the story from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books. Through its exploration of the many incarnations of the tale, the exhibit encourages viewers to reflect on the role of the Middle Ages in the fashioning of modern European and American identities through architecture, art, music, and other media.” The exhibit features more than 100 objects as it explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on this single story with a long-lasting impact. This exhibition “allows viewers to consider the role of the Middle Ages in the fashioning of modernity—from films rooted in Arthurian legend, to Gothic Revival architecture—through the lens of one powerful tale.”
Image below: The postcard for Juggling the Middle Ages
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will exhibit Perfume & Seduction, February 16-June 9. The exhibition will feature the finest examples of perfume bottles, gold boxes, porcelain objects, and other eighteenth-century luxury items that were used in the bathing and dressing ritual known as la toilette. This special exhibition will present examples of objects from Hillwood's collection that represent the finest luxury objects used in this elaborate ritual. A selection of objects from private European collections will complement Marjorie Post’s collection. The exhibition will feature a display of Marjorie’s toilette table, dressing gown, lace, and other accessories, as well as images of her daughter Dina Merrill’s cosmetic line, which was featured in Vogue.
The Keeger Museum is exhibiting Recent Gifts from the Corcoran Gallery of Art thru March 18. The works were given to the Kreeger as part of the Corcoran Collection Distribution. The addition of the works to the Permanent Collection “adds depth to the narrative of modern American painting and sculpture in the 20th Century and Contemporary Galleries.”Director Helen Chason has commented that “The Kreeger Museum Board of Trustees and I are honored to receive works by these significant artists; they are a most welcome addition to our collection.” The works include Helen Frankenthaler’s monumental Hurricane Flag, which hangs prominently above the main staircase, and works by Clark Fox, Joan Mitchell, Anne Truitt, and David Urban. The gift also includes works by Mark di Suvero, Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck.
Image below: Helen Frankenthaler, Hurricane Flag, 1969, acrylic on canvas, The Kreeger Museum, Gift of the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
The Society of the Cincinnati is exhibiting A Revolution in Arms, thru March 24, 2019.The exhibition “examines the various muskets, rifles, pistols, swords, and other weapons that the American troops used during the Revolutionary War and their importance to the achievement of independence.”
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