Art museums are known for featuring artists who work in a variety of medias. When you’re ready to learn about abstract paintings, sculptures and more, visit one of the top art museums just a short trip from Ovation at Park Crest in Washington D.C.:
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art was established in 1937, by Andrew Mellon, a financier and art collector who came to Washington D.C. from Pittsburgh sixteen years before to serve as secretary of the treasury. The museum’s website states that in 1936, Mellon wrote to President Roosevelt offering to donate his impressive art collection to a new museum and use his own funds to construct the building that would house the works of art. The president supported the idea, and today, the museum’s mission is to serve the United States in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art at the highest standards. Ongoing galleries include West Building Sculptures, Italian Cabinet, and Dutch Cabinet.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
This museum is the nation’s first collection of American art, and it’s known for celebrating the creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections. Nestled in the heart of D.C.’s downtown cultural district, the museum’s main building is a National Historic Landmark. It represents works from the colonial period to today, and current exhibitions include “June Schwarez: Invention and Variations,” “Voulks: The Breakthrough Years,” and “Direct Carving.”
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Situated by the National Mall, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden was founded by Joseph Hirshhorn, an immigrant from Latvia. He acquired his first etchings at the age of eighteen, and he later focused on contemporary masters. Works from his personal collection got the museum off the ground and today, curators work to expand the collection which now includes more than 12,000 pieces. Temporary exhibits include “Linn Meyers: Our View from Here” and “Barbara Kruger: Belief and Doubt.”
If you’re considering calling Ovation at Park Crest home, please contact us to schedule a tour.
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