The meters are .25 for 5 minutes at the mall, with a 2 hour limit, so we dashed through four galleries, the first among them was the Freer Gallery which has joined with the Sackler Gallery to form the National Museums of Asian Art. On display is this phenomenal Peacock Room by James Whistler.
This room was originally in a Liverpool mansion owned by Frederick Leyland, a shipping magnate. Artist and expatriate James Whistler redecorated it in 1876-1877 as a "harmony in blue and gold". It was purchased in 1904 by museum founder Charles Freer, disassembled and shipped to his mansion in Detroit, MI. He then added hundreds of porcelains and 'objets' from his travels. It was reassembled for the gallery in 1923. It is dark and moody but sparkling and brilliant at the same time, so relevant with today's trends.
There were many works of Whistler on display including this self portrait:
Elsewhere in the Freer was this section of a 35 ft. screen from the mid 12th Century! It was a beautiful pen and ink drawing depicting animal scenes and landscapes;
I am always as enthralled with the architecture of these buildings as I am the art.
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His crystal panel is under installation currently to open later this month. I snuck a quick shot through a slit in the curtain...isn't it beautiful?
Then there's the spectacular 2nd story atrium view of DC,
along with some of my favorite colorful contemporary art by Stanton Macdonald-Wright:
The Powell of Powell Brower:
My eldest sister, the mother of the groom, made this wedding cake, and a coconut grooms cake:
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