The Lee-Fendall House will have the 6th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Huntin Alexandria on October 26.Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween items for local children to discover. Other activities will include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin. All children of elementary school age or younger are eligible to participate in the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy all other activities. The House Museum & Garden interpret American history through the experiences of the people who lived and worked on the property from 1785 to 1969. Through tours, special programs, and exhibits visitors can discover shared history as a community and as a nation. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org/
The Lee-Fendall House
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection is exhibiting Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion, thru January 5, 2020. The exhibition is the first to exhibit close to 60 pieces from the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine textile collection. The installation “emphasizes the visual splendor of early 4th to 14th century CE textiles while examining their history as grave goods, modernist art objects, archaeological artifacts, and crucial tools for understanding long-lost lives.” Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, Assistant Curator of the Byzantine Collection, and Gudrun Bühl, Director of the Museum für Lackkunst, Münster, curated the exhibition. They also curated the concurrent Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum (together with that museum’s Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody), which displays loans from other prominent museums. Please see the Agenda News "Museums: National" column for more information about the Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egyptexhibition.
To read more about Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion, visit www.doaks.org/
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection is exhibiting A Nobility of Matter: Asian Art from the Bliss Collection thru June 2020.Beginning in 1912, Mildred Barnes Bliss and her family, guided by art advisor Royall Tyler, built an extensive collection of ancient Chinese art. Most of that collection was later sold to fund the Byzantine collection endowment, but certain pieces remain in the House Collection at Dumbarton Oaks. The exhibition encompasses two successive installations of those pieces. The first focuses on Song dynasty vessels while the second explores a broader range of luxury domestic objects.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection is exhibiting Piety and Pleasure: Western Travel to the Holy Land thru October 2019 in theRare Book and Orientation Galleries.The exhibition explores how interest in the Holy Land was connected to a longer history of travel to the western Mediterranean and coincided with and contributed to the development of Western tourism as we know it today. The exhibition highlights this history through a collection of objects including travelogues, maps, postcards, and photographs.
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting A Monument to Shakespeare, thru January 5, 2020.The exhibition tells how Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily created a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. Capitol as a gift to the American people.
The Folger Shakespeare Library building, which dates back to 1932, will undergo a major renovation beginning on March 1, 2020 to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who visit the Folger. Construction will conclude in 2022, and the building will reopen. During the multi-year renovation, public access to the building will be restricted, but Folger programs and events will continue at other locations in DC, and around the country. Image below: A rendering of the building after renovation.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces, thru April 5.Dutch artist Bouke de Vries’s work is a contemporary interpretation of an eighteenth-century banquet table. His remarkable ceramic centerpiece, named War and Pieces, was created from thousands of white porcelain fragments, in the form of an epic battle.The work was inspired by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century centerpieces crafted in sugar and porcelain.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt thru January 12, 2020. When he photographed her for the November 5, 1965 issue of LIFE Magazine, Eisenstaedt "cemented Marjorie Merriweather Post’s place among the most notable people of the twentieth century. She was featured in a thirty-page spread that showcased her generous spirit and gracious way of life."
Born in present-day Tczew, Poland, Eisenstaedt (1898—1995), was a photojournalist at LIFE from its inception under Henry Luce in 1936 until 1972, its final year of weekly publication. The special exhibition features nearly fifty Eisenstaedt photographs & ephemera from his career in photojournalism.
Images below by Alfred Eisenstaedt: At left, Einstein & Oppenheimer & at right "Waiter on Skates."
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati will exhibit America's First VeteransNovember 8-April 5, 2020. "More than a quarter of a million Americans served in the armed forces that won our independence. Those who survived the war became America’s first veterans—the world’s first veterans of an army of free men. The American republic owed its existence to them, but its citizens found it difficult to acknowledge that debt, much less honor their service." The exhibition "will bring together paintings, artifacts, prints, and documents to address the post-war experiences of the men who won the Revolutionary War—not the famous generals and leading officers whose names appear in histories of the war, but rather the junior officers and enlisted men whose stories are less often told. The exhibition focuses on their return to civilian life, their reception by a country torn and bankrupted by eight years of war, and the nation’s gradual realization of its vast debt to the men who won our independence. A centerpiece of the show is John Neagle’s arresting portrait of a pensioner of the Revolution, painted in 1830 during the fight for comprehensive federal pensions for the remaining Revolutionary War veterans." The American Revolution Institute was created by the Society of the Cincinnati to promote understanding and appreciation of the American Revolution.
Image below: John Neagle’s painting, titled “Pensioner of the Revolution”
The Society of the Cincinnati is exhibiting Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America, thru October 27.“The American Revolution marked the beginning of an age of democratic revolutions that swept over France and challenged the old order throughout the Atlantic world. French officers who served in the American War of Independence, whether as idealistic volunteers or resolute soldiers of their king, were caught up in the turmoil of their generation. Their journals, memoirs, and portraits, brought together in an exhibition drawn largely from the collections of the Society, reflect their impressions of Revolutionary America and their memories of service to king and country and to the cause of American independence.”
Planet Word -a language arts museum- is scheduled to open in the historic Franklin School building on Franklin Square at 13th & K in D.C. in Spring 2020. The red brick building was designed by Adolf Cluss in 1869, and has been used for many purposes, including as a public school, a homeless shelter, a place for Alexander Graham Bell to test out his inventions, a teacher’s college and more. Cluss also designed other historic red brick buildings, including the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building and the Eastern Market.The Franklin School was one of the first public school buildings in the city and became a model for age-graded classrooms and curricula.Both the interior and the exterior of the building have historic preservation status. CEO and founder Ann B. Friedman, a philanthropist and former reading teacher who is married to New York Times opinion columnist Tom Friedman, is creating the new museum.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser selected a firm to spearhead the project in 2015. Planet Word will not have a collection – rather its exhibits will all be experiential or technology-based.Friedman has commented that “Instead of artwork or historic objects, the exhibits will center around “nouns, verbs, adjectives, puns, questions and quotations.” There will be no charge for admission to the $50 million museum.
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