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The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
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Maybe it was because it was dusk that I found myself feeling lost, even though I wasn’t lost at all. Gray powdery light silvered, softly, everything it touched, not to pacify it, but as if, with gentle correction, to rout matter altogether—trees, shrubs, and closing flowers, like so many eyelids nestled in sleep’s calyx, the stonework in […]
The Philip Johnson Pavilion
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Philip Johnson, perhaps best known for his Glass House, played an important role at Dumbarton Oaks by designing what is often called the Philip Johnson Pavilion, the gallery that houses the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. The description of the pavilion from the Dumbarton Oaks website describes the back story of the building: In […]
The Social Lunch
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Dumbarton Oaks, unlike many other institutions of its kind, is home to three, very different programs of study.  On their own, Byzantinists, Pre-Columbianists, and Garden & Landscape scholars would have no reason to interact, but at Dumbarton Oaks this is not the case.  By organizing communal lunches, teas, and social hours, a unique culture has […]