Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden is on Madison and 7th next to the Natural History Museum and across from the West Building of the National Art Gallery.

It’s a nice little place to sit and enjoy the art and to grab a bite to eat.

We ate at the Pavilion Cafe one night after visiting the East Building of the National Art Gallery. We both got sandwiches, which were served with a nice, fresh salad with a yummy vinaigrette.

I got a tuna sandwich on a delicious kaiser roll with fennel seeds all over it. Chris got a turkey reuben.

It was a nice break after visiting the National Art Gallery’s East Building. Next up was the National History Museum.

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National Gallery of Art, East Building

After our tour around Georgetown, we dropped Sidney off at the hotel and caught the Metro back to the National Mall area. Our first stop was the National Gallery of Art‘s East Building, which houses the modern art.

Beth and Matisse

There’s lots of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse pieces and other paintings and sculptures. There are also Andy Warhol pieces, mixed media and shadow boxes.

One gallery, located in the tower, also featured a contemporary artist — Kerry James Marshall. He deals with concepts of African American experiences. Marshall’s paintings are very colorful and many contain similar images, such as a red cross. His exhibit was one of my favorites at this museum.

Before we left, we checked out an exhibit called Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes on the mezzanine. It featured lots of beautiful costumes and films of Russian ballets. Lots of rich colors and textures.

I like Richmond’s modern art museum better. It has more contemporary and interesting pieces and I enjoyed it more. The national museum, however, should definitely be on your to-do list. It does contain many good pieces.