Sangria toast @danahotel #art of a drink
courtesy of Megan Larsen
When you’re technically on Spanish soil, the parties instantly improve.
This Saturday, May 19 at 8:30pm, Things to Do DC is hosting a black tie cultural gala for young professionals at the Embassy of Spain’s Former Ambassador’s Residence.
$109 ($65 if affiliated with Capital Hill) gets you a flamenco show, open bar (where the specialty will be, of course, sangria), dessert buffet, DJ and dancing. An optional film on Spain and fine art pieces provided by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain will offer more insight about your embassy hosts. The VIP pass adds a dinner buffet and champagne reception.
Joan Miró - The Farm, 1921-1922 - oil on canvas / National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mary Hemingway / © 2012 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Whatever your preconceived notions of Miró might be, put them on hold and head to the National Gallery of Art.
The NGA is the sole U.S. venue for Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape. A massive exhibit, it highlights the artist’s political side and undying loyalty to Catalonia throughout a lifetime of hardship under two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the Franco dictatorship. I had the chance to visit when it opened on Sunday.
Entering the exhibit, quaint gently slips into surreal. Surrounding The Farm – one of Miró’s most celebrated pieces – we see the painter mature from a sentimental youth into the experimental adult artist Andre Bretón called “the most ‘surrealist’ of us all.”