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Trip Report Day Trip - DC's American Art Museum and Rockwell

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I am organizing a GTG in DC (please watch for separate thread in the Lounge) and went to DC to "scout" one of the restaurants suggested.

It took about an hour to come into town (from Deale Md.) via Rte. 4 which becomes Pennsylvania Ave. and then 395 to exit 5 running into 6th St. There was major road construction on PA. Hate to think what rush hour traffic would have been like and hope they just put one of those metal things over the hole they were digging. BTW, I usually take Md. Rte.. 50 to NY Ave. but had heard there was road construction!

The place I was checking out is CoCo Sala on F St. NW between 9th and 10th St. I found a parking lot on 10th and notice Metro Center, Madame Tussauds, MCI Center, Spy Museum and the Portrait/American Art museum as I drove around the blocks looking for CoCo.

It was a 2-block walk to the American Art Museum. F Street must be the back door but I was guided by people and signs to the Spielberg and Lucas' collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings. I had to cross a beautiful covered courtyard with tables and chairs and plantings.

There were 4-6 rooms of works (sorry, didn't count), a couple of walls with printed history and a nice film. In addition to finished works, there were graphite and charcoal works-some with the same work in both media. Also there were shots of Mr. Rockwell posing real people. One that called out to me was a young man putting on his civvies after coming home from war. I won't spoil it for you, but I was both amused and saddened by what had changed for the boy and how it is revealed in Mr. Rockwell's astute illustration. Although the clothing was dated, Rockwell charmingly showed themes that are universal and pertinent still.

It was a lovely visit and although it was close to 90 degrees, it wasn't humid so it could have been worse. Outside, there are 2 rows of vendors (there until this Saturday 9/11/10) with lots of nifty art and jewelry. Music also. I strolled a little then went back to the parking garage. It was $16 for about 3 hours of valet parking. I gave the guy a 20 and told him to keep the change. Hope that was enough of a tip. Oh, I didn't eat at CoCo because they only serve pastries during the day. Dinner is regular menu.

I heartily recommend the Rockwell exhibit, not to mention the entire museum. The entire area is "hopping" and I guess that is thanks to MCI Center.

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