Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Maybe it was because it was dusk that I found myself feeling lost, even though I wasn’t lost at all. Gray powdery light silvered, softly, everything it touched, not to pacify it, but as if, with gentle correction, to rout matter altogether—trees, shrubs, and closing flowers, like so many eyelids nestled in sleep’s calyx, the stonework in […]

Come on In: The Dumbarton Oaks Symposium

If the scholars here at Dumbarton Oaks are the lifeblood of the institute as we know it—the necessities, the aerators of resources, the vital signs—then the symposia are the institute’s great lungs, chambers of commerce between the internal and external, between one scholar and her peers, between Dumbarton Oaks itself and a broader community: the […]

Ms. Joan Southcote-Aston

Were you to read through all of the transcribed interviews in the Dumbarton Oaks Oral History Project, there is one person in particular who could not fail to fascinate you, yet who is maybe, at last, too ephemeral to apprehend. D.O. Senior Fellow Herbert Kessler thinks that this woman—who underwent what can only be described […]

The Philip Johnson Pavilion

Philip Johnson, perhaps best known for his Glass House, played an important role at Dumbarton Oaks by designing what is often called the Philip Johnson Pavilion, the gallery that houses the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. The description of the pavilion from the Dumbarton Oaks website describes the back story of the building: In […]