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American Cool @ National Portrait Gallery

From the website:

What do we mean when we say someone is "cool"? Cool is a supreme compliment that evokes people who exude rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge, and mystery. It is an original American sensibility and remains a global obsession. In the early 1940s, legendary jazz saxophonist Lester Young brought this central African American concept into the modern vernacular, and it became a password in bohemian life connoting a balanced state of mind, a laid-back artistic mode of performance, a certain stylish stoicism. Cool has been embodied in such jazz musicians as Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Dizzy Gillespie; in such actors as Louise Brooks, Robert Mitchum, and Steve McQueen; in such rock and rollers as Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and Patti Smith; and in many others from the worlds of literature, art, comedy, sports, and political activism. American Cool refers to those who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture symbolic of a given historical moment.

If we have the stamina, we might also check out "Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction" on the second floor.

Afterward, I suspect we'll find a place for dinner and/or drinks. Suggestions?

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  • Robin

    I'm sorry to back out last minute :( I was really looking forward to this, but realized this morning that I just have too much to get done before the work week starts. Enjoy!

    May 11, 2014

    • Craig

      No problem, Robin. This is also Mother's Day, so the timing wasn't great anyway. See you soon. ;-)

      May 11, 2014

  • Roger C.

    Have fun tomorrow. I would have joined you except that we already have tickets to see Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger.

    May 10, 2014

    • Craig

      No problem, Roger! Enjoy the Bard. ;-)

      May 10, 2014

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