PLEASE NOTE NEW AFTER PARTY LOCATION @ W HOTEL.
Free yourself at the serene Freer Gallery of Art with these two small exhibitions: The first - Sylvan Sounds - compares atmospheric American landscapes with Japanese art. The second - Whistler's Neighborhood - depicts gentrification (sound familiar?) in London 130 years ago.
3-3:15 PM: Meet inside the Freer Gallery in the central courtyard.
3:15 PM: Proceed to exhibitions.
4:00-4:15 PM: Reconvene in courtyard.
4:15 PM: Leave Freer Gallery for After Party in the Living Room (expansive, 1st floor lounge) @ the W Hotel. Walk 1 mile north from the museum or take Metro 2 stops north from Smithsonian to Metro Center and walk west to 15th Street, NW. Or take a cab!
4:30ish-whenever: Socialize @ the W Hotel, located at 515 15th Street, NW. Entrance is on F Street.
Sylvan Sounds: Freer, Dewing and Japan Museum founder Charles Lang Freer’s taste for Japanese art grew out of his affection for American tonalist paintings. This intimate exhibition juxtaposes landscapes by American artist Thomas Dewing (1851–1938) with Japanese works that Freer acquired in the late 1890s. Freer’s idealized notions of "old Japan" paralleled the nostalgic, pastoral aestheticism of Dewing’s atmospheric landscapes.
Whistler’s Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) lived in London’s Chelsea neighborhood from 1863 until his death. He depicted the storefronts and street life outside his door and captured a section of the city that was undergoing a dramatic transformation in the 1880s. Historic buildings were razed and replaced with mansions for the upper class, forcing the poor into squalid conditions. The diminutive etchings, watercolors, and small oil paintings underscore the immediacy of the artist’s quick impressions of his evolving neighborhood.
CLOSEST METRO: Smithsonian (Orange & Blue Lines)