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'Juggling the Middle Ages' Now at Dumbarton Oaks Museum

October 23, 2018

Through February 28, 2019, visit Dumbarton Oaks Museum and see how a humble juggler-turned-monk struggles to think of a gift worthy of the Virgin Mary, before delivering a heartfelt juggling performance in front of her statue. 

 

If this story seems familiar, that’s because over the centuries it has inspired films, books, even an opera, and has parallels in an iconic Christmas carol. Through all these adaptations, however, the heart of the tale is never lost. At its core, the endlessly relatable story, called Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler, affirms the importance of art.

 

Featuring more than 100 objects, Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on this single story with a long-lasting impact. The exhibit follows the tale from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books, offering viewers a look at a vast range of objects, including stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, household objects, and vintage theater posters.

Why have the Middle Ages exerted such a great influence on modern European and American identities, as expressed in architecture, art, music, and other media? This exhibition allows viewers to consider the role of the Middle Ages in the fashioning of modernity—from films rooted in Arthurian legend, to Gothic Revival architecture—through the lens of one powerful tale.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Dumbarton Oaks Museum is located at 1703 32nd Street in Georgetown.


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Champagne in The Kreeger Galleries Oct. 13

October 10, 2018

Champagne in the Galleries

Saturday, October 13, 2018 

5:00 to 7:00 pm

The Kreeger Museum

2401 Foxhall Road, NW

 

Enjoy champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and live music from the Zack Pride Trio,

while exploring The Kreeger Museum Collection,

including several new works that are on display for the first time.

 

All tickets will benefit innovative eductaion programs.

Tickets: $75 per person

Optional valet parking: $10

Purchase tickets here.

The Kreeger Museum is dedicated to providing arts education to all students in the Washington metropolitan area. Programs reach many in underserved communities, this year 85 percent of participating students were from schools that receive Title I funding.

 


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Blessing of the Animals at St. John's Church Oct. 7

October 2, 2018

Honoring the feast day of Saint Francis of Asissi (c. 1180-1226), patron saint of animals and the environment, the yearly Blessings of the Animals will take place son the lawn at St.John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, 3240 O Street on Sunday, October 7th at 2:00 pm.

 

If it rains, come inside. Treats for all God’s creatures, big and small.


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