Author Archives: Lonnae O'Neal Parker

Fundraising effort to renovate Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery ends with $5.4M donation

A $5.4 million donation from David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive of D.C.-based private-equity firm The Carlyle Group, and a philanthropist known for contributions to landmarks of American history, has completed fundraising for the renovation of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.

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Hirshhorn Museum honors former interim director Brougher in Oscar-themed send-off

The Oscar-themed send-off party for Kerry Brougher, former interim director and chief curator of the Hirshhorn Museum who begins as director of the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum in Los Angeles next month,featured its own Oscar-worthy moment. A surprise resolution, unanimously approved by the Hirshhorn board, dedicated Doug Aitken’s multimedia piece “Song 1,”to Brougher in recognition of more than 13 years of service. From now on, language honoring Brougher will be included each time the piece is shown.

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Titian paining ‘Danae’ to go on display at National Gallery of Art

Titian’s “Danae,” an Italian Renaissance painting noted for its sensuality, will be on display at the National Gallery of Art from July 1 through Nov. 2.

The painting by the master of the Venetian school, on loan from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, will help celebrate the beginning of Italy’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, which runs July 1 through Dec. 31. Two other examples of Titian’s work in this genre, “Venus With a Mirror” and “Venus and Adonis,” from the Gallery’s permanent collection, are also on view in the West Building.

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Monuments Men are having a moment, thanks in large part to Robert M. Edsel

After nearly seven decades, the men and women of the Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, the “Monuments Men,” are having one heckuva of a moment. The international unit, chiefly Americans and Brits, who helped hunt down and rescue priceless cultural and artistic treasures — by da Vinci, Rodin, Michelangelo — looted by the Nazis during World War II, are getting a chorus of hosannas locally and nationally.

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American History museum gets Michelle Obama’s second inaugural gown

The National Museum of American History is marking the 100th anniversary of one of its most popular exhibitions, “The First Ladies,” by displaying Michelle Obama’s second inaugural gown.

The floor-length, ruby-colored chiffon gown, designed by Jason Wu, is on loan from the White House for a year starting Tuesday and will be paired with Obama’s Jimmy Choo shoes in the exhibition center. Obama’s first inaugural gown, white with a long train, also designed by Wu, will not remain on display, but there will be a 2009 photo of the first lady wearing it.

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