Washington is filled with many venerable architectural institutions: the Library of Congress, the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House to name a few.
Among the many aspects these places share is that they were all built in a similar neoclassical style, with soaring Romanesque columns. It’s a look that many of the most powerful buildings have.
With the city in the midst of a construction boon, D.C. has seen itself moving away from the designs of the past with new modern glass structures. Many people may not know though, that this look came to the city decades ago, when it was paired with an iconoclastic building, creating one of the most unique contrasts in the metro area.
The phrase "arts and crafts" tends to conjure up images of kindergarteners fiddling around with tongue depressors, yarn and Elmer’s Glue. It rarely brings to mind avant-garde pieces that speak to the future of art.
Even if you did imagine wild works of fabric and folded paper, you might think you’d only see them in modern museums in cultural epicenters like New York or Paris. Not downtown Washington, D.C. However, they are here for you to experience; in fact, this weekend is the last few days of a show that’s been running since July.
The Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian’s American Art Gallery, is dedicated to preserving this country’s craft and decorative arts traditions.
Washington, D.C.’s cultural scene pretty much has it all. From 16th century Renaissance sculptors to 18th century Impressionist paintings to a plethora of modern art, there isn’t much in the art world that’s ignored in this town’s tiny confines.
Washington, D.C. has a number of wonderful galleries, museums stocked with hundreds of classical paintings: Picassos, Renoirs, Van Goghs. What, though, is there to check out if you are looking for art with a much more modern flair? You would have to leave the city, but you wouldn’t have to go far, just to North Arlington for a trip to the Arlington Arts Center.