April in Washington, D.C. – A Study in Contrasts
Spend three days with the Houston Seminar viewing stellar art in unique settings. We will visit Glenstone, the very modern private museum created by collectors Emily and Mitch Rales, located in the rolling hills of Potomac, Maryland. The museum, at the forefront of today’s art world, is exceptional for its contemporary art, architecture, and landscape. In contrast, we will visit the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post. This Georgian mansion, decorated in the French style and sited in formal gardens, is representative of the established, largely homogenous Washington society to which Mrs. Post belonged. In addition to these two museums, which starkly highlight the changes in art and culture over the course of a century, we will visit several other museums and galleries that expand on this theme of contrast. Among these will be the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art’s exhibit Degas at the Opera, and the National Portrait Gallery’s groundbreaking portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama. At the Phillips Collection, we will see works by African-American artists that reveal their complex relationships to European modernism. We will also celebrate culinary contrasts with a dinner at a popular modern Washington restaurant and a farewell dinner at a private club. Our hotel in historic Georgetown is within walking distance of a variety of interesting boutiques and trendy eateries.