Mural by Jackson Pollock at University of Iowa Museum of Art
Photo by National Gallery of Art
No surprise that the cradle of our nation’s heritage will host two history-making exhibitions this fall. The National Gallery of Art will host Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting (Oct. 22–Jan. 21), an elaborate exploration of the inscrutable Dutch master and his contemporaries from 1650 to 1675. The show includes a handful of Vermeer masterworks, such as The Love Letter and The Lacemaker, that have never been seen in the United States. In November, the NGA will install Jackson Pollock’s Mural (Nov. 19–Oct. 28, 2018) in the East Building. The 1943 painting, originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, was Pollock’s largest work, standing at 20 feet long, and prompted critic Clement Greenberg to declare Pollock “ the greatest painter this country had produced.” Continue your journey into history with a stay at the The Hay Adams, located directly across from the White House.