I met my friend Nancy at the Phillips Collection. We had a wonderful time viewing two interesting exhibits.
The first one was "Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities." This exhibit had more than 70 works, featuring 15 artists including Seurat, Signac, and Pissarro.
The second one was Bernardi Roig's NO/Escape. The Mallorcan artist Bernardi Roig installed six sculptural works in the museum, 3 inside and 3 outside. He challenges us to rethink the concept of the museum and he encourages us to think about the dualities of entrapment and liberation, absence and presence.
Here are some photosof Roig's Sculptures:
2. The Small Man frustrated at his inability to escape from the Blah Blah Blah of modern life
3. THE MAN OF THE LIGHT
4. AN ILLUMINATED HEAD FOR BLINKY (THE GUN)
5. WHITE CAGE
After a few hours at the Phillips, we walked over to Levante's (Greek and Turkish cuisine) for lunch - in the midst of a freezing snow flurry!
I met my friend Betsy for lunch at Jaleo's in the District. We had a wonderful conversation and a wonderful lunch of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.
I forgot to take a photo of Betsy!
Betsy gave me a lovely Christmas present. She found it in a Scandinavian shop in Rehobeth. It is the Julenisse wishing you God Jul! Isn't he adorable?
Then I walked a block away to the two Smithsonian museums - American Art and the Portrait Gallery.
The courtyard between the two museums was decked out in floral Christmas splendor.
My primary objective was to visit the bird exhibit.
This mural of the extinct passenger pigeon was at the entrance. This bird became extinct in 1914, exactly 100 years ago.
I could not take any photos inside the exhibit unfortunately but you can go to the website and see the incredible art for yourself. My favorite artist was Tomaselli. My favorite work of art: "The Migrant Fruit Thugs" (two Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks are stealing the fruit from the artist's fig trees).
I was invited to a reception at the Royal Norwegian Embassy to conclude the year-long celebration of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in 1814.
A very special book that commemorates this special event was presented. The book contains essays about the Constitution and art work by artists who were charged with reflecting on the meaning of the Constitution.
All of the art works were on display. It was a very interesting and impressive exhibit.
I was invited to make a presentation on "The Norwegian Crime Novel: at the DC lodge of the Sons of Norway. I spoke about Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian King of Crime, and Karin Fossum, the Norwegian Queen of Crime, and several other top crime novelists in Norway today.