The Folger Shakespeare Library will exhibit Churchill's Shakespeare, October 6-January 6.Winston Churchill, the esteemed leader who led Britain during World War II, was a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare, and Churchill's works were "shaped by Shakespeare's writing and ideas." “For the first time, this exhibition brings together photographs, posters, theater programs, personal letters, manuscripts, rare books, and more from the Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Churchill’s home Chartwell, and other collections. Among other items, Churchill's Shakespeare includes his familiar hat, bow tie, and walking stick—and some of his own copies of Shakespeare's plays. Visitors can also hear Churchill's speeches, listen to Shakespearean actors, and watch key video clips. Georgianna Ziegler, who is the Folger’s Associate Librarian and Head of Reference Emerita, curated the exhibition. Image below: The banner for Churchill's Shakespeare
The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection will exhibit Juggling the Middle Ages, October 16–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
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection is exhibiting mixed media sculpture inspired by natural forms and materials by noted Washington artist Martha Jackson Jarvis. “The project features works in stone, wood, and mosaic & assemblages made of sticks and vines. The garden installation is on view until December 16.
Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens is exhibiting Fabergé Rediscovered, thru January 13, 2019. The special exhibition unveils new discoveries relating to Hillwood’s collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works. The exhibition “brings to light new attributions and provenances and provides a broader framework to study, explore, and appreciate nineteenth and twentieth-century jewelry and goldsmithing.” Major American art dealers and collectors, such as Marjorie Merriweather Post, played a significant role in Fabergé’s success after the fall of the imperial regime. For the first time, with this exhibition, Hillwood’s collection is examined through Post’s perspective. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, who is Hillwood’s chief curator.
Image below: A Lusupov Box – Photo courtesy of Hillwood
The Phillips Collection’s historic house galleriesofficially reopened to the public in June 2018 after being closed for a year-long renovation project. The Gallery will commemorate its centennial in 2021. Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski commented that “These upgrades to the essential control systems governing the temperature and humidity within the museum ensure the protection of our collection and the enjoyment of our visitors for years to come.” Architectural enhancements are most notable in the Phillips Music Room, “which features upgraded wall paneling to improve sound quality and the attendees’ experience for the many music events in the space, most notably the museum’s renowned Sunday Concert series.” The series will resume in October, 2018.
Image below: A view of the renovated galleries - Photo by Lee Stalsworth.
The Kreeger Museum & Sculpture Garden
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 Society of the Cincinnati will exhibit A Revolution in Arms, October 11-March 24, 2019.The exhibition “will examine 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.”
Dr. Kevin Butterfield – Executive Director The Fred W. Smith National Library
Dr. Kevin Butterfield was named executive director of The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington (Washington Library) by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association in July, 2018 and began his new duties on August 1.The library is the premiere center for the study of our first President. As the executive director of the Library, Butterfield “will foster serious scholarship about George Washington and his era while also developing new and furthering existing cutting-edge academic and public programs, as well as growing the library collection.” Mount Vernon president Doug Bradburn commented that “Kevin brings a fresh set of bold ideas and vision to take the Library to the next level—He’s a great scholar, but also has the rare gift of leadership." Butterfield comes to Mount Vernon from the University of Oklahoma, where he serves as Director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and Constitutional Studies Program and holds an appointment as Wick Cary Professor and Associate Professor of Classics and Letters.
A specialist in the founding era, Butterfield boasts a lengthy list of publication and teaching credits on topics related to the founding period, including one prize-winning book about early American legal history and several articles.” Butterfield holds a B.A. in History from the University of Missouri, an M.A. in History from the College of William and Mary, and a PhD in History from Washington University in St. Louis.
Image below: Dr. Kevin Butterfield
Museum of the Bible
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