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Diego Rivera, Vladimir Lenin and Rockefeller Center

When Nelson Rockefeller commissioned Diego Rivera to create a mural for Rockefeller Center, he wasn’t expecting Vladimir Lenin to make the scene. And when Rivera included Lenin in the work, Rockefeller came unglued, demanding that Lenin be excluded. Rivera offered … Continue reading

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Joan of Arc at Meridian Hill Park

Joan of Arc at Meridian Hill Park, a photo by Suffering the Benz on Flickr. Ozzy and I talked up to Meridian Hill Park yesterday, where we found Joan of Arc looking down on the District from the top of … Continue reading

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The marvels of ancient Angkor

My obsession with Cambodia began in the early ’90s in a stack of books at the Birmingham Post-Herald. I was ferreting through the review copies looking for something to read when I spotted To Destroy You Is No Loss, which … Continue reading

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The Dying Gaul

I’ve been the the National Gallery of Art several times since the holidays. Every time, I’ve stopped to marvel at The Dying Gaul in the rotunda of the West Building. This morning, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece by … Continue reading

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Alexander’s big adventure

So this is really strange … While I was drifting around in the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition,¬†Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, I stumbled across this image of Alexander the Great ascending into the heavens. Here’s … Continue reading

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Sailing to Byzantium

The National Gallery of Art stepped up to help me figure out what to do with my first free Thursday afternoon in a long time. A pair of scheduled gallery talks seemed a perfect way to decompress. A young woman … Continue reading

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Quotes: peeking Into Desolation Row

“This isn’t desolation row this is prostate alley.” — Colin Syme, commenting on “men sitting round a table playing Bob Dylan on acoustic guitar badly” in “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” by David Greig

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Metropolis art …

I stumbled across German photographer¬†Michael Wolf‘s photography this morning. Fascinating stuff. He uses mega cities as a concrete palette, mixing the colors, geometries and human faces of urban life into images that vibrate tensely between order and chaos. I particularly … Continue reading

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Huichol VWs, Thomas Jefferson and a perfect spring day

Lara and I took advantage of an amazing spring day to walk the National Mall. We started at the MLK monument with no specific agenda, but we managed to see the Jefferson Memorial, a Huichol bead VW at the Museum … Continue reading

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The moon may be high …

Our friends Anita and Emma are visiting from Mexico City, giving us a perfect excuse to have a great Ethopian meal at Etete and then jump on the Metro to see the Hirshhorn Museum turned into haunting, beautiful “liquid architecture” … Continue reading

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