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
President Woodrow Wilson House will exhibit The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay from late October 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 will explore the history of this Ghost Fleet, tell the stories behind a scandalous wartime boondoggle and highlight the rich archaeological and ecological treasure it has become today.”
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Spectacular: Gems & Jewelry from the Marjorie Post Collection, thru January 1, 2018.Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, “tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.”
Her collection “represented the finest assembly of gems and historical and twentieth-century jewelry in America. She commissioned great pieces from the most important jewelry firms of her time including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Verdura and many others…..
New and previously unseen pieces from the Merriweather Post collection are an added highlight of this exhibition.”
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 feet 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 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.”