Many of you are registered for the Exhibit Hall Cherry Blossom Reception, Saturday, May 3, 2:30-4:00 pm. Please note that the name has changed to simply Exhibit Hall Reception. Despite the less dreamy name, it will still be a wonderful opportunity to visit our always excellent Exhibitors (scroll down for listing) and catch up with friends.
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My favorite place to meet a friend, or even spend some time alone, is the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery. Once an open courtyard, the space is covered by a beautiful and architecturally intriguing glass canopy which lets in sun, but keeps out the elements. Also contributing to the outdoor feel are the tree-filled planters and unique water feature. The large, open space stays relatively quiet and has free wifi and a café (though I never feel obligated to order something, as I might at a coffee shop). Spend a few minutes admiring the scenery or while away some hours with a friend—then pop into the museum for your fix of American art and portraiture.
Shira Loev Eller , Part-Time Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Corcoran Library
and Adjunct Professor of Art History at Northern Virginia Community College
Ask any of our chapter members who attended our 2012 visit to the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus in Culpepper, Virginia, and they’ll tell you not to miss this opportunity. Housed in a massive former bunker of severe concrete architecture, the Packard Campus is devoted to the preservation of moving image and sound. It includes the world’s largest repository of silent film as well as state-of-the-art technology that record entire days of broadcasting from television and internet. You’ll see robots that perform preservation tasks and provide access to remote users in Library of Congress reading rooms, never-ending corridors of concrete vaults for fragile nitrate films, and the most expensive turntable you’ve ever heard of.
One of my favorite places to visit in D.C. is the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center for American Art on the third floor of the SAAM/National Portrait Gallery building. It is fascinating to see the breadth and depth of the collections in the visible storage displays. I enjoy browsing through the objects and having the opportunity to see works that are not on view in the galleries. I wish all museums had the ability to make collections available to the public in this way, it is a fun treasure hunt for the visitor.
-Lee Bagby Viverette, Director of Library, Museum and Statewide Resources and Rare Book Librarian,
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Washington gets excited when Hollywood comes to town. For those of us who watch Netflix’s House of Cards, a drama about politics on Capitol Hill, it’s a fun game to try to identify the locations in the ominously-scored opening credits. Watch the clip below and take the Washington Post quiz to see if you can i.d. them.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all here!