Monday, January 12, 2009

Dumbarton Oaks

Micheal and I wandered to Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown yesterday. It has to excellent if incongruous collections, Byzantine/ classical and precolumbian mesoamerican . Apparently Mrs Post had rather eclectic tastes in artwork and assembled the collection in the early part of the 20th century.

The Pre Columbian collection is housed in a beautiful pavilion that is comprised of five circular and domed rooms around a circular courtyard with a fountain in the center. The walls are all glass making it one of the most striking small museum spaces I have ever seen. The acoustics inside are very peculiarApparently it was designed in the 50's by Phillip Johnson well known for the worlds fair towers in New York.

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