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The Phillips Collections Hosts Talk on Gentrification of American Cities June 29

June 28, 2017

Thursday, June 29th, Dr. starting at 6:30 pm, Derek Hyra will lead an open #PhillipsConversation at The Phillips Collection on the causes, consequences, and larger implications of gentrification in American cities like Washington, DC, with discussion on parallel issues in Berlin, Germany. This conversation is related to overarching themes and movements represented in Markus Lüpertz


An associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University, Dr. Hyra is an expert on processes of neighborhood change—with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and race. He recently published his third book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City, an ethnographic investigation of the redevelopment of DC's Shaw/U Street neighborhood. 


This discussion is part of a series of open conversations that further engage audiences on larger issues represented in the special exhibition. Modeled after town halls, these in-gallery conversations are facilitated by experts and thought leaders with experience addressing current socio-cultural and political movements or other topics related to themes found in the artwork. 


The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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Walking Tour of Georgetown June 24

June 13, 2017

Interested in learning about the historic Georgetown that only locals know? Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides on Saturday, June 24, 2017 for Georgetown Walking Tours: Off the Beaten Path. 


You'll discover parts of Georgetown seldom visited. Listen to tales and facts unknown to the outsider, and see the lesser known parts of the neighborhood many Washingtonians call home.


Stroll by the former residences of cabinet officers, U.S. Generals, movie stars, world renowned authors and journalists, including ones who covered the Watergate Scandal. Pass the abodes of America’s 1st Miss America and five former U.S. Senators all of whom shared the same first name. Do you know who they are? Come and learn at Off the Beaten Path.


Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the garden gates)

Tour starts at 1:00 pm sharp

Rain or shine

2 hour tour

We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance. Day of we can only accept cash/checks.

3 years and younger are free, must be in a stroller

No pets allowed

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing

Tour begins and ends at Dumbarton House.

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'Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History' at Hirshhorn

May 9, 2017

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is celebrating the pioneering early works of Markus Lüpertz from May 24 through September 10, 2017. 


One of the most influential contemporary German artists, Lüpertz is internationally recognized as a leading figure in Neo-Expressionism, a movement that emerged as a major force in the late 1970s and 1980s.


Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History focuses on the early years of the artist’s mature practice, reflecting his unique reconsideration of painting through the lenses of Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, and, more broadly, German postwar culture. Lüpertz, like many artists who came of age in the shadow of World War II, grappled with how he should engage with this recent past and, in particular, what he should paint. The artworks from this seminal period reveal how Lüpertz deftly challenged the limits of painting as he struggled to reconcile the weight of history with his desire to be what he has described as “a painter without responsibilities.”


Featuring large-scale works—such as the 40-foot long Westwall (Siegfried Line), on view for the first time in the US—this exhibition brings more than thirty paintings to the National Mall in a striking exploration of one artist’s response to a uniquely charged cultural moment.


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