Dumbarton House museum in Georgetown, which had been closed temporarily for replacement of the heating, ventilation and cooling system, reopened to the public on June 1. The museum has also introduced a new exhibition series titled The Exchange.
The series is designed “to present two items from history in a way that engages visitors and helps them reflect on issues over time. The first in the series features a rarely-exhibited original printing of the Articles of Confederation (1777) and a second edition of The Federalist [Papers] (1818).”
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection in Georgetown, DC is displaying several special exhibitions thru March 2018, including:
Women in Art, 1850–1910 Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections Early Bliss Acquisitions: Collecting in Paris & London, 1912-1916 Early Bliss Acquisitions: Collecting Textiles
In addition, the Museum & Collection are exhibiting Imagining the Empress: Theodora in Popular Culture, 1882-1922thru August 31. The display shows how a single historical figure—the sixth-century Byzantine empress Theodora—captured the public imagination at the end of the nineteenth century through film, theater, opera, and even buttons. The Museum & Collection are also exhibiting The City Water/City Lifethru August 31. The exhibit displays materials from the Rare Book Collection to explore the past and present of three major European cities: Amsterdam, Florence, and Paris.
President Woodrow Wilson House is now exhibiting Images of the Great War: 1917-1918. The exhibit features World War I Prints and Drawings from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library. The selection offers personal impressions of the last two years of the conflict, “depicting scenes of high drama and action set alongside images of pathos and deep sadness. Approximately 35 prints, drawings, paintings and watercolors by a range of artists depict WWI offensives after the Americans join the effort.”
TheCity of Alexandria's Office of the Arts in partnership with Baltimore-based artists Stewart Watson and Lauren Frances Adams is presenting Centennial of the Everyday- a series of site-specific, all-media installations inspired by the history of Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia - thru September 3. "The installation features artistic interventions tucked in among the historic exhibits." The works “reflects the artists’ in-depth research on the history of women, enslaved people, and anonymous citizens whose stories are overshadowed by other more famous historic figures from the region, such as George Washington and Robert E. Lee.” With furniture, stoneware, and textiles as a starting point, the artists "reflect domestic material culture of the past with modern techniques."
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 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 Society of the Cincinnati, which is located in historic Anderson House near DuPont Circle in DC, is displaying a new exhibition titled The Great Crusade: World War I and the Legacy of the American Revolution, thru September 17. The exhibition features “materials illustrating the connection between the American Revolution and World War I - drawn from the Society's collections, including posters, sheet music, and recordings as well as other printed works, art, and artifacts.”
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.”