November 23, 2016 Mid-Century Modern

Modern To-Dos for the Holiday Weekend

If you have modernist family and friends coming into town for the holiday weekend, there are number of new exhibits to explore, including at the recently reopened I.M. Pei-designed East Building galleries of the National Gallery of Art.
On September 30, the East Building galleries, which house the museum’s modern collection and several temporary exhibition spaces, reopened after three years of renovation of the existing galleries and construction of new galleries and a roof terrace. Fresh off its debut at the new Whitney in New York, the Stuart Davis: In Full Swing exhibition is now open at the National Gallery. I saw it in New York and highly recommend. (Read the Post’s Philip Kennicott’s deeply intellectual review here.)

Davis’ monumental 1938 Swing Landscape.

When you need a break exploring the reconfigured East Wing, make sure to relax on the newly restored  Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona chairs handpicked by Pei in 1978. Local modern maven Daniel Donnelly was selected to restore the lounges and ottomans, which are now available for visitors to enjoy in the public galleries.
East Bldg Barcelona

Daniel Donnelly restored the original Barcelona chairs and ottomans for the reopened East Wing.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has two exhibits to check out:  one featuring the works of Isamu Noguchi and the other of local Color Field artist Gene Davis. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and has time to enjoy these exhibits.