“One billion breaths in a lifetime…”

Washington, DC is the home, of course, to the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution, a series of museums and galleries devoted to various subjects and areas of study, and forming the physical boundaries of the National Mall.  The Smithsonian is a great source of pride for the capital city and no what time of year people choose to visit, the museums are always crowded, particularly Air & Space, a favorite among children and fans of aviation history.  The city, however, has other gems which may not be as famous but nonetheless demand our attention.  At the top of the must-see list is The Phillips Collection, located in the city’s Dupont Circle neighborhood.

© David-Kevin Bryant
© David-Kevin Bryant

It is the home of Renoir’s spectacular Le déjeuner des canotiers, or “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” and the modern museum could rest on its laurels on that fact alone.  But, it’s also the destination of ground-breaking and revelatory exhibitions you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

"Luncheon of the Boating Party, " (1880–1881) / Pierre-Auguste Renoir
“Luncheon of the Boating Party, ” (1880–1881) / Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The work of New York artist Jill O’Bryan, for example is featured at the museum’s entrance.  Beautiful and thought-provoking, her sculpture, “one billion breaths in a lifetime,” will be on display until 17 April 2016.

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© David-Kevin Bryant
© David-Kevin Bryant
The entrance as reflected in Jill O’Bryan’s sculpture.
© David-Kevin Bryant

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