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  1. "Fruit Steamers Riding Out a Blow, off the Coast of Spain" by Childe Hassam (1883)
  2. The only time I've been in the Louvre was I think in 1994. I have no idea what day of the week it was, or even what time of day, but my friend and I got in without waiting in line more than five minutes, and we wandered all over the place and found no crowds except about 200 people right in front of the Mona Lisa, which I had seen when it was on display at the National Gallery in Washington back whenever that was, in the late 60s I guess, and I have never quite understood the fuss over that painting anyway. I think the lack of crowds at the Louvre that day must have been some kind of fluke; I'
  3. Museo del Prado is celebrating its 200 anniversary throughout 2019. Located in central Madrid, the museum holds one of the great European art collections, with works by Goya, Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, and Titian, among many others. The collection has more than 20,000 objects, many drawn from the Spanish Royal Collection. The centerpiece of the collection is Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez. The collection also contains such masterworks as Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights and Goya's Third of May. If you find yourself in Spain this year, it will be a great time to vi
  4. Glenstone in its current state of development is a beautiful place. When it is completed, it just might end up being one of, if not the best, art museums in the DC area. Of course much of this will have to do with the Rales art collection itself, which, due to space limitations, little is available for public viewing. Instead the museum offers solo or small group shows drawn from the collection. Generally, if the Rales like an artist they collect deep. The current building is 22,000 square feet and they are building a 150,000 square foot complex of connected pavilions to expand the ga
  5. File this away for future visits to the Newseum: Online tickets are 15% off (substantial when you consider general admission is $24.95). Even at full price, this museum is worth the admission - I suspect attendance is dropping off, and it may not be around forever. Also, the tickets include the "next day free" - useful for those (like me!) who quickly develop Museum Fatigue. I went back for the second consecutive day yesterday, and I'm glad I did (I combined day two with a trip to the National Archives - nothing like strolling down the street to see the Declaration of Independen
  6. Be advised that NMWA will be reinstalling their third floor collection from Dec. 17 until Dec. 28 (*). With more than 5,000 works in their collection, it's time to hang some new stuff! During this time, the Rodarte and Ambreen Butt exhibits will be open. Both are worth seeing. (*) "Gallery Reboot: Collection Galleries Closed December 17-28" on blog.nmwa.org
  7. Nov 7, 2017 - "National Gallery of Art Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary of Director Earl A. Powell III; 2019 Retirement Announced" on nga.gov Thank you to Rusty Powell, and congratulations to Kaywin Feldman, who comes in Mar, 2019, from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. "National Gallery of Art Picks Kaywin Feldman as Next Director" on artnews.com
  8. To kick-off the countdown of the upcoming grand opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) the museum will be projecting images from its collection on the building facade. Three nights only, Nov. 16, 17, 18 from 5:30pm to 9pm.
  9. Eater had a nice feature last year pointing out some of the nicer places to eat near some of LA's most popular museums. Here are a few more ideas from Discover LA. Of these (that are not chains), I've only been to the Getty Museum restaurant. It's light-filled and beautiful, much like the rest of the museum, and the food is upscale American with worldly influences and priced to match the setting. I've only eaten there once and it was perfectly fine / nice, but for my fine dining $s, I prefer seeking out a more food-centric place. However, for meeting a group in a daytime fancy setti
  10. I'm curious to hear peoples' takes on the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its closure. Above all else, I think that last year's dissolution of the Corcoran is the single-biggest loss to hit Washington, DC since ... when? The College of Art and Design, the $200 million Beaux Arts Building, and $50 million in cash went to George Washington University - does anyone have a well-written backstory as to *why* this already-rich college got such an enormous windfall? The 17,000 artworks, valued at $2 billion, were given to the National Gallery of Art. While I think that's wonderful, it also justifie
  11. Here are the details about The Broad's Jasper Johns exhibit, "Something Resembling Truth," running Feb 10 - May 13, 2018, and reported by our great member, dcs. --- The complementary thread dcs posted in our Art Forum: "Something Resembling Truth" - an Exhibit by Jasper Johns (1930-) - Sex Decades of Artwork, at the Broad in Downtown Los Angeles, Feb 10 - May 13, 2018" --- I know it may sound odd to have two separate threads about one exhibit, but this one is primarily for Angelinos, and the other one is because it's of national significance. Feel free to bounce back-
  12. I may have the opportunity to write an collection of places not to be missed in Philly. With the wealth of the posters in this forum, I am asking for a little help. Please chime in where I should visit, and places that are not to be missed. The spots can range from where to eat, where to dine, where the best public bathroom is , think unusual, think funky, think like a local. Please and thank you for all your suggestions. Once I am chosen to write this book, I will personally throw a party and invite everyone to celebrate my very first publication. This is our opportunity to go public. It is
  13. The National Museum of the American Indian is one of four stunning pieces of modern architecture within walking distance of each other on The Mall (the others being the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Air and Space Museum, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum). This new exhibit will be running for four years! --- "Americans" (Tweaked)
  14. This topic reminded me of the great Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda. The Pacific Pinball Museum is a privately owned (yet non-profit, 501(c)3 charity) run by a bonafide expert when it comes to pinball machines - from their history, to their mechanics. I spent about five minutes talking with the gentleman, and figured out that he runs this museum as a labor of love; not in order to acquire wealth. For $20 per adult, you can play to your heart's content, and I honestly haven't had this much fun in a long, long time - I spent several hours in there, feeling like I was a kid again - i
  15. I looked up this Instagram account. Several people have asked the poster who it is or where the art is located, but he or she has not answered. It reminded me of these two works by Claes Oldenburg (Sweden) and Coosje van Bruggen (The Netherlands) - pictured below - that I saw Friday at the SFMOMA. The one in the background is a necktie around an inverted collar. At first glance I thought it was a stick of chewing gum! The SFMOMA is an amazing museum - I loved my day there. The most interesting thing was a Bruce Conner exhibit: "Bruce Conner: It's All True." This artist was incr
  16. There is a great opportunity tomorrow and Sunday to gain free admittance to some of the lesser-known DC museums that normally charge a fee for entry. It's the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk. Participating venues this year include the Christian Heurich House, The Anderson House, the Phillips Collection, and others. There is a free shuttle that makes regular stops at all of the venues throughout the weekend, but I find that most of them are within reasonable walking distance of one another. If you haven't visited any of these museums or it's been awhile, I think it would be well worth your time (an
  17. It was announced yesterday that the Renwick Gallery will reopen after an extensive $30 million renovation on November 13, 2015. This is a lovely little art museum, part of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum, housing the craft and decorative arts collection. I didn't realize that the Renwick was the first American building specifically designed and built to showcase art - originally to display the art collection of William Corcoran. Despite its proximity to the White House, the Renwick is rarely crowded. The reopening exhibition will be Wonder, featuring nine contemporary artists wh
  18. The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Asian art. Their collection holds more than 18,000 pieces and the museum exhibits approximately 2,500 pieces. When we visited they were in between major exhibitions, but the permanent collection is well worth your time. We spent about 3 hours there and could have easily spent a couple more. If you are a fan of the Sackler/Freer museums in DC, you will love the Asian Art Museum.
  19. I'm both happy *and* sad to announce that our own sak20011, Sarah Kennel, has been appointed Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts: "Peabody Essex Museum Appoints Sarah Kennel as Curator of Photography" on artdaily.com Congratulations, Sarah! DC is losing a very gifted individual.
  20. The Brooklyn Museum, situated along Prospect Park, is huge. At 560,000 square feet it is NYC's second largest museum and their collection holds approximately 1.5 million pieces. We spent five hours there and didn't even make it to several floors. General admission is a suggested $16 (ie: you can actually pay what you want) and well worth it. Of special note is the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Judy Chicago's monumental piece, The Dinner Party. We also toured the now closed Killer Heels: The art of the High-Heeled Shoe as well as the fabulous show Kehinde Wiley: A N
  21. The Studio Museum in Harlem is a contemporary art museum dedicated to African-American artists. Galleries span two floors with several lofted spaces. The museum runs several artist shows concurrently, the current shows end March 8, 2015 and the next shows open March 26, 2015 (so best to check their website before visiting). Suggested admission is $7 and Sundays are free. Located along historic 125th Street in Harlem, the Studio Museum is near the Apollo Theater and other Harlem landmarks.
  22. I'd love to give you all a review of the art at the Guggenheim, but in the FAQ fine print they note that luggage is not checkable. So...if you have a few hours to kill in New York City after you arrive or before you leave, and you decide that a museum visit is in order, check their luggage policy (apparently most NYC museums are not luggage friendly). We found out the crappy way. For the record, we had no problems checking luggage at the Art Institute of Chicago last year and spent a lovely couple of hours there in between our hotel check out and our flight back to DC. It appears the N
  23. So good we went twice. You can easily zip around and view the many blockbuster pieces of Western art: Grant Wood's American Gothic Edward Hopper's Nighthawks George Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's At the Moulin Rouge Mary Cassatt's A Child's Bath or escape the crowds and explore their excellent Asian collection (the side galleries were practically empty). or the cool furniture and design collection. or the multitude of collections we didn't get to. We did find their modern/contemporary col
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