Articles for August 2016

Arts and Music Highlights – August 2016

Hi, everyone! Welcome to our roundup of some arts and music highlights taking place across the country this early fall.

Lighthouse on Coast of Maine

If you are in South East Maine picking blueberries from their bumper crop this late summer, you may want to get out of the sun and visit the Portland Museum of Art’s exhibit of “O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York.”  From the PMA’s website: this exhibit “examines the art and careers of four pioneering artists and their contributions to American modernism in parallel for the first time. Through this exhibition, the PMA invites visitors to explore works by some of the most significant women modernists in American art history. The presenting works by these artists together connect their careers in New York City. This exhibition offers valuable perspectives on the meaning of modernism, the life of a working artist in New York in the early 20th century, and the shared and differing experiences of being women at a crucial moment in first-wave feminism.”

If you are sweltering in the Washington DC heat, you can visit a couple music exhibits at the Library of Congress. First, try the “#Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890 – 1955” exhibit. This exhibit “will showcase photographs of early opera stars from a collection assembled by the late authority on opera Charles Jahant, in a format that will explore how Jahant might have used an Instagram account had he lived today.”‘

From there, visit the ongoing music Library exhibit “Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin.” Visitors can “experience the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s in this permanent tribute to the brothers who helped provide a musical background to the period. The exhibition contains a wealth of materials that provide insight into their careers and personalities, including manuscript and printed music, lyric sheets and librettos, personal and business correspondence, photographs, paintings, and drawings, all from the Gershwin Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, the world’s preeminent resource for materials about the Gershwins.”  If you don’t choose to get there right now, keep the exhibit for another time; it is fabulous – for adults, foreign visitors, and children.

If you’d rather have a relaxing day at home, you can check out the streaming audio from the Library of Congress in partnership with Q2 Music. More than 20 of the Library’s commissioned contemporary classical-music works are available to listeners for free on Q2 Music’s streaming service. More of these commissioned works will be made available on Q2 Music over the coming months. Check out the stream at!/programs/concerts-library-congress.