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Day Twenty-two

Posted on: March 21, 2009

Still in Greenbelt. Spent the past few days in DC at galleries and museums. Thursday, the National Gallery where I saw an exhibit of Robert Frank’s America, a book of photographs he published 50 years ago after spending a couple years traveling the US on a grant to capture the American spirit at the time. Some of them were quite moving, and most were very good at telling a story. Also an exhibit of illuminated manuscripts. I love them, they are such small gems. This collection covered about five countries and two hundred or so years. Beautiful. Then took one of the guided one-hour quick look at the American painting collection up to the twentieth century. It was worthwhile, letting someone point out the highlights and give context.

Friday, back to the city and the Renwick Gallery, which had an exhibit of the work of Greene & Greene, architect brothers who were designing homes in California the early years of the twentieth century and were very influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, Morris’s philosophy of beauty and utility. They not only designed the homes, but the gardens and furniture. It was well presented, and very beautiful. That gallery also has an entire room of paintings by someone (I’ve forgotten his name already, maybe Calen) who traveled the US during the 1830’s to 50’s painting native Americans, their dress, their customs and ceremonies and wrote a little about each tribe, how they lived, how many were left, etc. He knew that it was important to record those things, and it was very impressive, the thoroughness that he brought to the project. There were probably 200 paintings on the walls, from eye level to ceiling, and the variety that he captured was wonderful. Then down to the Smithsonian American History Museum, which was entertaining and interesting – spent a lot of time in the inventions and inventors section.

Coming home, my cell phone died – when am I going to remember to keep that thing charged, I think it’s time for a new phone – and I got on the wrong bus to get back to Joan and Stephen’s. They began to worry when I wasn’t back by 7:30 and I had been traveling the wrong direction for about an hour.
We went to the Zoo today and saw many wonderful things.

Magnolia in DC

Magnolia in DC

In the inventions hall

In the inventions hall

Stephen, Joan and Amina

Stephen, Joan and Amina

At the zoo

At the zoo

More zoo

More zoo

Underwater

Underwater

So beautiful

So beautiful

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1 Response to "Day Twenty-two"

Hey Kathy
We got home Tues. afternoon, safe and sound. Its been really crazy trying to reenter my Winchester life. To begin with, everything just looks so ugly in that post winter state. And it feels so cold both outside and inside (our old house is so uneven in the heat department). But I am trying to stay positive! It really is like walking into a wall. My studio is a total mess. Dont know even where to begin. I walk in and then just walk out and close the door.
So this weekend we came into Ottawa to visit with the kids. Julian is housesitting. Its Kai
birthday. A friend is having a swap and pot luck dinner that I always go to. And I had ballet tickets. So here we are, sort of avoiding real life. But maybe this is really part of my real life. Who knows! Hard to use Julians french configured computer so will stop for now. Keep in touch, Janet

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