Digging In

Taste of Georgetown Sept. 22

September 16, 2019

The 2019 Taste of Georgetown is Sunday, September 22 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Each fall, thousands flock to Georgetown to Eat, Drink & Play at the annual Washingtonian Taste of Georgetown. 

 

Attendees eat their way through some of the neighborhood's best restaurants while supporting the important homeless services work of the Georgetown Ministry Center.

 

The event features more than 60 creative dishes from more than 30 of the neighborhood's best restaurants.

Visit Taste of Georgetown for more details & tickets.


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Jacqueline Kennedy Georgetown Walking Tour Sept. 12

August 7, 2019

Join a guided walking tour through Georgetown on September 12, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:15 pm to see several of the most important and interesting places connected to Jacqueline Kennedybefore, during and after her White House years

 

This tour officially starts at Le Pain Quotdidien at 2815 M Street in Georgetown. Purchase tickets here.

 

Did you know that while residing in Washington, DC Jacqueline:

- Graduated from George Washington University, class of 1951, and later took additional courses at Georgetown University.

- Worked as a newspaper reporter for the Washington Times-Herald.

- Met her future husband Jack at a Georgetown dinner party.

- Became engaged to Jack at a Georgetown tavern.

- Resided in Georgetown both before and after her White House years.

- Gave birth to her son, John Jr. at Georgetown University Hospital.

- Transformed the role of First Lady of the United States.

- Became a fashion icon and style-setter.

- Founded the White House Historical Association, remodeled the White House, hosted an Emmy-winning television program and helped save Lafayette Square from demolition.

- Designed and built a home in Middleburg, VA.

- Led the funeral arrangements and national mourning period after JFK’s death.

- Was the first person to use the term “Camelot” when describing the Kennedy years.

- Supported the development of the Kennedy Center.

- And much more.

Many of these events took place right in Georgetown. Come see where they actually occurred on this guided walking tour led by Robert Kelleman, the founder of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.

 


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'Earth Songs for a Night Sky' by Ranjani Shettar

May 16, 2019

Earth Songs for a Night Sky, a multi-faceted project by Ranjani Shettar (b. 1977, Bangalore, India) is on exhibit through August 25, 2019 at The Phillips CollectionHear from the artist on May 16 at 6:30 pm

 

Drawing from her environment in rural India—with changing skies, monsoon rains, and lush vegetation—and employing traditional materials such as teak wood and indigo pigment, and techniques of carving, dyeing, and lacquer, Shettar has created hand-carved wood sculptures and a multi-part piece that wraps up the gallery walls. Occupying two rooms and the staircase of the original Phillips House, the project is conceived in dialogue with Wassily Kandinsky’s artist’s book Klänge (Sounds)—which features 56 woodcuts and was published right after he had made his breakthrough into abstraction—and Paul Klee’s late paintings in the Phillips’s collection: Arab Song (1932), Efflorescence (1937), and Figure of the Oriental Theater (1934). For Shettar, the connection between her work and Kandinsky’s book and Klee’s paintings is more metaphysical than visual. As she says, “I relate to the surreal and abstract qualities of both Kandinsky’s poetry and images. In Klee, I find a formal and thematic playfulness that I strive to achieve in my own work.” Undeniably, what the work of the three artists have in common is a tension between the material world and spiritual aspirations, observation and introspection, and the act of seeing, making, and reflecting.

 

Shettar lives and works in the Shimoga district of Karnataka in India. Her artwork has been exhibited and collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; among others.

 

This show is part of Intersections, a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum's galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.


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