Category Archives: 2018

At the Freer Gallery, a seminar on looting of cultural heritage

If you think museums are just homes for great art, think again. The art, academic and museum worlds have combined forces into activism against theft. They have to since the illegal sale of cultural heritages has become endemic. It is … Continue reading

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Don’t blink or you’ll miss ‘Artes de Cuba’ at the Kennedy Center

On a trip to pick up tickets at the Kennedy Center, I discovered the Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World. For those unfamiliar with the Kennedy Center, the theater along the Potomac River is one of several … Continue reading

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Top shopping at the Smithsonian Craft Show

I have seldom walked through a craft show and had my jaw drop at virtually every booth. The outstanding quality and imagination sets the 2018 Smithsonian Craft show at the National Building Museum apart from so many others. It is … Continue reading

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A to-be-read book, ‘Darjeeling,’ turns out to be so worth it

Too often books languish in a pile named, “I’ll get to it soon.” That’s what happened to Jeff Koehler’s “Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea” which has been gathering dust for roughly three years. … Continue reading

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Ikats! Ubiquitous but unknown

The next time you hit Crate and Barrel, or Target, take note of the ikat designs everywhere. If you don’t know what ikats are, go down to Washington’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art for the new exhibit, “To Dye … Continue reading

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