Thomas Jefferson Memorial

A powerful monument recently restored

I have lived in Washington, DC for more than forty years. Washington is a beautiful city with many grand monuments. My favorite is the Jefferson Memorial.

The exterior of the Memorial is simple and elegant. The exterior of the Memorial is a circular, open-air structure featuring a shallow dome supported by a circular colonnade composed of 26 Ionic columns. 

© David H. Enzel, 2022

The interior is powerful. Thomas Jefferson stands 19 feet tall. He’s holding the Declaration of Independence and peering out to the Tidal Basin. The bronze statue of Jefferson weighs 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg).

© David H. Enzel, 2022

A rehabilitation project to replace the Thomas Jefferson Memorial’s three roof systems and clean all of the exterior marble was completed in in 2021. And the statue sculpted by Rudulph Evans has been cleaned. Evans was born in Washington, DC and studied in France. His fellow students in France included  Auguste Rodin and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The Memorial was built between 1939 and 1943 .

Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC (2020)

A Ukrainian Memorial in Washington Commemorating an Earlier Tragedy

The Holodomor Memorial to Victims of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932–1933 was opened in Washington, D.C. on November 7, 2015. Congress approved creation of the Holodomor Memorial in 2006.

The Holodomor was a famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. It was a man-made famine engineered by the Soviet government of Joseph Stalin. Holodomor is term derived from the Ukrainian words for hunger (holod) and extermination (mor).

The memorial was built by the National Park Service and the Ukrainian government to honor the victims of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932–33 and to educate the American public.

The memorial, designed by Larysa Kurylas, is one of three monuments in Washington, D.C., designed or co-designed by women—the others being the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

The memorial is located near the U.S. Capitol building at the intersection of North Capitol Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and F Street N.W. It is diagonal to the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, about one block from Union Station.

You can read more in Atlas Obsura.

In light of current events, this history is especially sad – and timely.

National Gallery of Art: East Building to Close Temporarily Beginning February 28, 2022

The East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington will temporarily close to the public from February 28, 2022, until June 2022, to expedite the completion of a replacement skylight. The Atrium skylight is a critical component of the East Building architecture, but one in need of repair after 40 years.

Once compleed, the East Building will display new exhibitions and acquisitions. In addition, several features will enhance the visitor experience such as a more accessible entrance, a separate lobby and new restroom near the auditorium, additional accessible restrooms on the Ground Level, and updates to the existing accessible family restrooms on the Mezzanine.

On July 3, The Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan and James McNeill Whistler will open on the East Building Mezzanine. Bringing together for the first time nearly all of Whistler’s depictions of Hiffernan, the exhibition explores their partnership and the iconic works of art resulting from their life together, including the three renowned “Symphony in White” paintings.

The East Building is the home of the museum’s contemporary and modern art collections. The West Building, which mainly features items from before 1900 and special exhibitions, will remain open.

See also: The Washington Post

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC Closed During Covid-19 Pandemic (2020)
The National Galley of Art, Washington, DC

Léa Seydoux for Louis Vuitton

Her full name is Léa Hélène Seydoux-Fornier de Clausonne. Seydoux has appeared in major Hollywood films including Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) and No Time to Die (2021). This is an extraordinary ad campaign.

Louis Vuitton Advertisement, Washington, DC CityCenter (2022)