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Man Ray Exhibition at The Phillips Collection

February 16, 2015

The Phillips Collection is hosting Man Ray–Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare explores the intersection of art and science that defined a significant component of modern art at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition runs through May 10, 2015.

Working in Hollywood in the late 1940s, Man Ray (American, 1890–1976) created the Shakespearean Equations, a series of paintings that he considered to be the apogee of his creative vision. Drawing on photographs of 19th-century mathematical models he made in the 1930s, the series was a culmination of 15 years of exploration of the theme in a variety of mediums. Man Ray–Human Equations displays side-by-side for the first time the original plaster, wood, papier-mâché, and string models from the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, Man Ray’s inventive photographs of these unusual forms, and the Shakespearean Equations paintings they inspired. Placed in context with his other paintings, photographs, and objects, these works illustrate the artist’s proclivity to create art that objectifies the body and humanizes the object, transforming everyday materials into novel forms of creative expression.

The exhibition’s diverse works—including 70 photographs, 25 paintings, eight assemblages or modified “readymades” by Man Ray and 25 original mathematical models—juxtapose the artist’s Surrealist-inspired photographs of mathematical models and the associated Shakespearean Equations within the larger context of the role of the object in the artist’s work. His other canvases, photographs, and objects—some celebrated and others little-known—link his wider artistic practice with the Shakespearean Equations project and casting these accompanying works in a new light.

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

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DC Youth Orchestra Concert at THEARC Feb. 15

February 8, 2015

The DC Youth Orchestra with conductor Luke Frazier, will perform Forever Free, a joint concert including the Manhatttan Girls Chorus on Sunday, February 15th at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm at THEARC in Southeast Washington, D.C.

Tickets are $7-$20 and on sale here.  

Forever Free features music of the Civil War era as well as music from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, telling the story of Americans Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks and their contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. This diverse musical program includes narration and projections.

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The DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) is the leading curriculum-based classical music education program in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Founded in 1960 by Lyn McLain at the request of DC Public Schools, the mission of DCYOP is "music for young people; achievement for life!" DCYOP offers group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 to 18. The program consists of six ensembles including the renowned Youth Orchestra. 

The Manhattan Girls Chorus is a nurturing community of young women grades five through twelve from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds seeking an extraordinary music education and opportunities for performing excellence. In addition to helping each singer realize her full musical potential, the organization encourages mentoring relationships with women in the arts and other professions. 

Considered a rapidly rising star in the pops world, conductor Luke Frazier has established himself as both an innately musical conductor and a sensitive pianist.  His commitment to re-envisioning pops programming has quickly established him as a dynamic force across the music community.

THEARC Theater is located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue in SE, Washington, DC.

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Three Georgetown Hotels in USA Top 50

January 29, 2015

(Photo by: Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC)

U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of the country's 50 best hotels includes three in Georgetown: The Capella, Washington DC, Georgetown, Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington DC and Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC.

Ranked 18, 29 and 32 respectively, these hotels were chosen from more than 1,700 luxury hotels across the country.

(Photo by: Ritz-Carlton Georgetown)

A combination of a hotel's industry accolades with expert and guest reviews and hotel class ratings decided the winners.

The Jefferson, Washington DC was ranked 10!

See the full list of the Best Hotels in the USA here.

(Photo by: Jefferson Hotel, Washington, DC)

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