On The Look Out

Georgetown COVID-19 Updates and Resources

March 25, 2020

The Georgetown BID continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, wanting to ensure that business owners, residents, students, and visitors are informed about the ways in which this is affecting the Georgetown community and commercial district – and how to still support our businesses, and one another.

Here are the latest tips and resources.


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Have an Ice Day in Georgetown

December 18, 2019

Through March 15, 2020, The Washington Harbour Ice Rink transforms from its interchangeable use as a picturesque fountain and is open for recreational skating every day, including all holidays. 

 

Whether you’re new to skating, brushing up, or wanting to take your skating to the next level, you’ll love our Learn to Skate classes.

 

Enthusiastic instruction along with an unbeatable view of the Potomac River from the Washington Harbour Ice Rink will make your skating lessons an experience to remember! They teach all ages (3 and up, including adults) and skill levels.  

 

The program stresses a skating environment that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.

 

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'War and Pieces' at Hillwood Now

October 16, 2019

Explore Dutch artist Bouke de Vries’s contemporary interpretation of the eighteenth-century banquet table at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens through April 5, 2020. A remarkable ceramic centerpiece, created from thousands of white porcelain fragments, in the form of an epic battle transforms the dining room at Hillwood. Inspired by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century centerpieces crafted in sugar and porcelain, War and Pieces is a contemporary response to this tradition. 

 

(Photo by: hillwoodmuseaum.org)

In the seventeenth century, wealthy households decorated their tables with extravagant sugar sculptures that replicated allegorical scenes, architectural follies, or classical figures. By the eighteenth century, artists augmented or replaced the decorations with porcelain, including that by Meissen and Sèvres, early porcelain manufacturers who used skilled confectioners as their first modelers. 

 

War and Pieces comprises seven sculptural vignettes, created in both sugar and porcelain, along with pieces of plastic toys. “It’s a battle between the Ancien Régime of sugar and porcelain with the plastic elements the modern interlopers,” de Vries said of the work. Six of the scenes represent Roman war deities Mars and Minerva doing battle, with Minerva usually dominating and declaring victory. Both figures use table utensils as weapons as they stand among decapitated figures and severed heads–what de Vries calls “Hummels gone wrong”—and the broken remains of ceramic dinner plates. The focal point of the work is a weightless mushroom cloud standing two feet tall and nearly four feet in diameter and surrounded by numerous portrayals of the crucified Christ as well as Guan Yin, the ancient Chinese bodhisattva of mercy. At the top of the cloud, an angel cries. Besides war, chaos, and aggression, the installation also features humor and beauty, undermining classical symbols in a satirical and critical way.

 

This exhibition marks the second time that the grand dining table at Hillwood features a contemporary interpretation of earlier centerpieces. In 2009 and 2010, as part of the exhibition Sèvres Then and Now, the table featured the Sèvres 1979 centerpiece called Ruins of Egypt, a whimsical take on monuments from antiquity crafted in biscuit porcelain. 

Called a “masterwork” by art critics, War and Pieces has toured venues in Europe and Asia since 2012. Hillwood will become only the third venue in the United States to display the work.

 

Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens is located at 4155 Linnean Ave NW.


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