The American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery

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A corridor in the American Museum- Pretty eh?

While roaming around in D.C. I spent two days enamored with the art I found at the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.  I still didn’t see everything!  It is an incredible museum, and moreover free.  Additionally on the third floor is the Luce Foundation with three MORE stories of racks and racks of art to gaze upon.  My art cup overfloweth…

When you are there make sure you check out the folk art section of the museum.  The work there has a sincerity and whimsy that is often hard to find in the more “educated” realms of the arts.  A delightful quote I found on a wall was:  “Art is a birth, and you can’t go to a teacher and find out how to be born… you have to struggle… until that image, the one that comes out of your need to create, emerges.” (Malcha Zeldis, 1978) Very true indeed.

The Luce Foundation Center- a great place to draw work in privacy, big time!

The Luce Foundation Center- a great place to draw work in privacy, big time!

Here are their various sites so you can do some investigation on line.  They’ve done a great job making a lot of art accessible from your lap top.

National Portrait Gallery:  http://www.npg.si.edu/

American Museum (and Renwick Gallery- another delight): http://americanart.si.edu/

Luce Foundation Center for American Art: http://americanart.si.edu/luce/index.cfm

Those will keep you busy!

This is covered open couryard in the center.  Another great place to hang out, although the food is pricey... Welcome to D.C.

This is covered open couryard in the center. Another great place to hang out, although the food is pricey... Welcome to D.C.

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