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Jacob Lawrence Exhibit at The Phillips Collection

January 5, 2015

From January 9 through August 10, 2015, The Phillips Collection is hosting an exhibition of the paintings of Jacob Lawrence. Among the best-known  20th century African-American , Lawrence gained national recognition with his 60-panel Migration Series, painted on cardboard. 

Produced between 1954 and 1956, Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle series illustrates scenes from American history, chronicling events from the Revolutionary War through the great westward expansion of 1817. This exhibition, which brings together 12 panels from the private collection of Harvey and Harvey-Ann Ross, presents a rare glimpse into the artist’s narrative invention at mid-century while considering the significance of his Struggle series.

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


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Rent the Runway for NYE

December 30, 2014

Haven't yet checked out Georgetown's latest designer rental company? Looking for the perfect ensemble for New Year's Eve?

Rent the Runway has the answer. Founded in 2009 by Harvard Business School classmates Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, Rent the Runway offers designer gowns, purses and jewelry for one-time rentals. A Vera Wang gown (shown above) retailing for $1,595 is available on the company’s site to rent for $250.

Make an appointment, shop online or walk in.

Rent the Runway is located at 3336 M Street


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Jacobsen Architecture to Renovate Maine's Historic Bray House

November 19, 2014

Bray House 1915 (Photo by: Stonewall Kitchen) Bray House 1915
Jacobsen Architecture, Georgetown-based Washington architecture firm known for the addition of the U.S. Capitol, historic renovations of The American Embassy in Paris, Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, Renwick Gallery and Spaso House in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been selected to restore and renovate Bray House in Maine.
Current house detail showing current condition of architectural elements. (Photo by: Jacobsen Architecture) Current house detail showing current condition of architectural elements.
The two-story wood clapboard dwelling, which is arguably one of America’s oldest buildings still standing, was built in 1640 in Kittery by John Bray, whose name  still adorns it today.
The house was recently owned by singer Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates fame), who made some minor adjustments to the building, but the current owners have planned a sensitive restoration and respectful addition to the old structure.
Much like the addition to the Capitol by the firm, the older Bray house will not come in contact with the newer additions except for a glass incision at the links.
Poorly designed additions to the original structure since 1915. (Photo by: Jacobsen Architecture) Poorly designed additions to the original structure since 1915.
The new owners of Bray House are no newcomers to the state. They founded the specialty food company Stonewall Kitchen and since their jamming business started more than 20 years ago, they have become one of Maine's greatest success stories.
The project is scheduled to break ground in six months under the design and direction of Simon Jacobsen.

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