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CAG Celebrates 'The Streets of Georgetown'

November 1, 2017

Over three hundred Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) members, sponsors, volunteers and neighborhood friends turned out for the Georgetown Gala "Streets of Georgetown" at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 21st.

Lee Murphy Casey Cunkel Jennifer Romm, Holly Styles (Photo by: Robert Devaney) Lee Murphy Casey Cunkel Jennifer Romm, Holly Styles

The popular black-tie event featured Georgetown-themed decor, food styled after the village's restaurants and live band For the Win had everyone "dancing in the streets." Gala co-chairs Amy Porter Stroh, Michelle Korsmo and Colman Ridell mingleed with regular attendees including Councilman Jack Evans and ANC Commissioners Joe Gibbons, Lisa Palmer, Ed Solomon, Rick Murphy and Jim Wilcox.

Lesley Lee, Jim Erlacher, Jim Lee (Photo by: Oliver Devine) Lesley Lee, Jim Erlacher, Jim Lee

Guests joined the guests perusing the silent auction featuring trips around the world as well as insider tours of Washington, a progressive pool party and a private, Via Umbria catered dinner on a spectacular river view rooftop, as well as a blind wine pull, mystery jewelry boxes from new retailer Kendra Scott and touch ups at the "Glam Station" with Glamsquad hair and makeup artists.  

Christopher Bidwell & Tricia Huntley (Photo by: Robert Devaney) Christopher Bidwell & Tricia Huntley

The ever popular Candy Bar (sponsored by TTR/Sotheby's this year) was once again a huge hit with guests who scrambled to fill bags with all their favorites to take home.

Amy Stroh and Page Evans (Photo by: Oliver Devine) Amy Stroh and Page Evans

The Gala is CAG's largest fundraiser of the year and raises operating costs that support Historic Preservation, Trees, Concerts, Public Safety, Oral History, Town-Gown relations and monthly public meetings that benefit all residents of Georgetown.


For more information about the Gala, visit CAG.

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'Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures' at NGA

September 26, 2017

The National Gallery of Art is hosting an exhibition of Jean Honoré Fragonard’s paintings from October 8 through December 3, 2017.


Combining art, fashion, science, and conservation, this revelatory exhibition brings together—for the first time—some 14 of the paintings known as the fantasy figures by Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806). He is considered among the most characteristic and important French painters of his era, and the fantasy figure series—several rapidly executed, brightly colored paintings of lavishly costumed individuals—are some of his most beloved works. The subjects are depicted posed at leisure or employed in various pursuits, such as acting, reading, writing, playing instruments, or singing. Wearing extravagant attire, these figures are dressed in what was known in 18th-century France as à l'espagnole (Spanish style)—plumed hats, slashed sleeves, ribbons, rosettes, ruffs, capes, and accents of red and black.


Fragonard’s fantasy figures are shown alongside a newly discovered drawing covered with 18 thumbnail-sized sketches and apparently annotated in the rococo artist's own hand. The drawing, Sketches of Portraits, emerged at a Paris auction in 2012 and upended several long-held assumptions about the fantasy figures: 14 of the sketches have been identified with these paintings, and four presumably relate to works that remain unknown. All but one of the sketches are annotated with a name, presumably that of the person portrayed or the individual who commissioned the corresponding painting—thereby putting to rest a long-standing debate over whether the fantasy figures depict known individuals or imaginary models. At the National Gallery of Art, the emergence of this drawing prompted a two-year investigation of Young Girl Reading, conducted as a collaborative effort by Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator of French paintings, John K. Delaney, senior imaging scientist, and Michael Swicklik, senior conservator of paintings. Their findings establish Young Girl Reading as a part of the fantasy figure series and shed light upon Fragonard's approach to the ensemble as a whole.


Building upon this research, the exhibition Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures explores the many interpretations of this series in the context of the artist's career and elucidates the development of that career, the identity of his sitters and patrons, and the significance of his innovative imagery. Fragonard strove to create a specific portrait type that showcased the painterly skill for which he was renowned. Created within the competitive atmosphere of the Parisian art world, these works were influenced by a range of events, artworks, and visitors to his studio. Shaped by artistic imagination, these paintings pushed the boundaries of accepted figure painting in the 18th century.


Other works in the exhibition include the rarely lent, privately held portraits of the Harcourt brothers François-Henri, duc d'Harcourt (c. 1770) and Anne-François d'Harcourt, duc de Beuvron (c. 1770), as well as The Vestal (c. 1769–1771), The Actor (c. 1769), and The Singer (c. 1769). Also on view is the Louvre's M. de La Bretèche (c. 1769), which depicts the wealthy brother of one of Fragonard's most devoted patrons, Jean-Claude Richard, abbé de Saint-Non.

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Staff Show at The Phillips Collection

August 10, 2017

For more than 25 years, The Phillips Collection has held a staff show to feature the works of artists employed at the museum.  This year the show runs from August 3 through September 17, 2017 in the Sant Building, Lower Level 2.


In 1984, the staff show was endowed by the family of James McLaughlin, an accomplished still-life painter who was a student at the Phillips Gallery Art School and also worked at the museum for 50 years. Until his death in 1982, McLaughlin played an active role in the museum’s activities as a gallery preparator and curator.



Molly Abraham

Roberto Alcaraz

Lauren Argueta

Ernest Baroni

Naomi Berhane

Fallon Chase

Christy Conrad

Tiffany Corbin

Esther Epstein

Travis Ferguson

Emily Francisco

Donna Gabriel

April Gifford

Andrew Gilman

Melissa Groth

Mike Guy

Travis Houze

Joel Innovinci

Gregory Jallat

Anna Kaminski

Racquel Keller

Chad Lawrence

Ann Lipscombe

Ashley Most

Hadiyyah Muhammad

Rhiannon Newman

Brittany O’Dowd

Arnold Oppler

Victor Pierre

Victoria Potucek

Emily Rader

Alanna Reeves

Mark Sampson

Lizzie Sampson

Kim Sandara

Angela Silhan

Laurel Simon

Pamela Singleton Howe

Kayla Skibbe

Sean Smith

Patricia Svoboda

Bella Varela

Mark Westman

Jeffrey Whitelow

Stephen Whiteside 

Amy Wike

Alexandra Wilson 

Tracy Wingate

Shelly Wischhusen


The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW

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