September 27, 2013
I was shocked to read in the Sept. 19 Style article about Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough's announcement that he will retire next year that Clough's action to remove a portion of a video from the 2010/11 "Hide/Seek" exhibition "sparked an outcry from gay activists. " This stunningly narrow and misleading characterization of the opposition surely would surprise former Post reporter Jacqueline Trescott, who was careful to write at the time that the removal was " followed by an outcry from all segments of the arts and arts funding world . " Glenn Marcus , Washington
September 26, 2013 |
The National Gallery of Art has received a promised gift of 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs from American art collector and gallerist Virginia Dwan. The pledge includes works by 52 modern artists, such as Robert Smithson, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin. The gallery noted that the gift will enhance a number of areas in its permanent collection, including postwar abstraction and minimalism. Dwan is the former owner and director of the Dwan Gallery, which had locations in Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s and '70s.
September 26, 2013 |
The conventional wisdom is that the craze for contemporary art fairs — gatherings of art dealers that resemble conventions for the culturati — is a relatively new phenomenon. Jamie Smith disagrees. Smith, an art historian and co-founder of Washington's (e)merge art fair, which opens Thursday at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, thinks that fairs like hers harken back to the late 15th century, when a group of Flemish artists set up stalls near the Antwerp cathedral to hawk their wares.
September 25, 2013 |
Amid raging anti-Vietnam War protests that bedeviled two presidential administrations, snoops at the National Security Agency tapped the overseas communications of war critics including Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), and even Washington Post humor columnist Art Buchwald, according to newly declassified NSA documents released Wednesday. Oddly, another senator, Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) — an ardent supporter of the war — also was put on the NSA "watch list" that authorized the interception of the surveillance targets' overseas phone calls, telexes and cable traffic.
September 22, 2013 |
In only 10 years, the annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts has become a Washington area mainstay. The festival's dynamic program Friday at Sidney Harman Hall demonstrated that this first-rate festival is mature for its years, yet still young enough to bristle with bright promise. It is a heady combination. The opening program paired festival organizer Daniel Phoenix Singh's newest work in his signature blend of bharatnatyam and modern dance for the Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company with four works in the traditional style of Odissi classical dance, presented by a New Delhi-based company led by Madhavi Mudgal, a renowned exponent of Odissi style.
September 19, 2013 |
Patrick McDonough's art is not infrequently called playful. The Washington artist's 2010 installation at Flashpoint Gallery, " reck room ," included a foosball/table tennis hybrid that was designed to be used by gallery visitors (and, in fact, was used, by downtown lawyers on their lunch break). His current show at the American University Museum , " brightveridiansentinelevents " features a punningly titled sculpture, "133006-mussels two ways (muscles two ways). " It's made from exercise equipment and discarded mussel shells from the D.C. restaurant Marvin . Yet even he acknowledges that this lighthearted description may not be the best one for his work, which is often as earnest — not to mention as enigmatic — as it is cheeky.
September 18, 2013 |
The first thing you notice about Kiera and Michael Kushlan' s one-bedroom Kalorama co-op is how they've pulled it together to be both modern and classic. The second is how spacious it seems. The Kushlans, both 29, believe that what you leave out of a room is just as important as what you put in. On a limited budget, they invested their own time and DIY skills to renovate the run-down 1920s flat. In the pro cess, they uncovered its hidden charms and discovered a lot about themselves.
September 13, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Hi Carolyn! I see that you have a liberal arts degree. I just earned my BA in English literature and I am proud of it. You would not believe the people who say, "What are you going to do with that?" Or, "You won't get a job with that. " I have a very long explanation of why liberal arts degrees are still relevant, but their remarks seem to call for a shorter response than a dissertation. How can I respond without being rude, perhaps even illuminating them in a concise way?
September 13, 2013 |
Astad Deboo 's dream began in the cargo hold of a boat bound for Iran with a load of goats and sheep. Armed with an economics degree, a backpack and a taste for Western dance, Deboo left his native India on the last vessel to sail before the monsoon season. After hitchhiking around the Persian Gulf and up through Europe, catching the ferry from Calais to Dover and hitching some more, he finally walked into a Martha Graham class in London. But his quest to embody East and West, which began in 1969 and will land him at Sidney Harman Hall on Sept.
September 12, 2013 |
A biweekly staff review of East Coast and regional lodgings. Something looked strikingly familiar about the photos on Page 242 of " Home by Novogratz ," the fashionable coffee-table tome about the HGTV design couple. Studying the images, I felt as if I'd seen that rug before: black-and-white with interlocking gender symbols. And that bed: custom-made platform with built-in side tables and a single-stripe blanket draped over your 10 little piggies. And that wall art: a handcrafted flag of Jamaica, a puckish twist on patriotism.