Adventures in the Forgotten D.C. Art Museum


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Hey, Friends!

I’m back from my brief blogging hiatus. Zach and I have been settling into what you might call a new life routine. Since completing grad school, I’ve been making a lot more time for friends, the new puppy (can you believe she’s already almost eight months?), and lots of exciting day-job related things that drew my attentions elsewhere.

Now that it’s Christmas, Zach is on break from law school and we have lots more time to curate content and explore our fun city. Expect more updates soon.

This latest post was actually shot months ago in the Fall by my friend Rachel over at Waywire Photography. Rachel and I connected through our mutual love of Korea through our graduate program at Georgetown University. Rachel’s love for photography and my love for fashion seemed to mesh so well, so we decided it would be such fun to work together on things other than our nerdy, Asia policy interests.

Our original plan was to head to Mount Vernon, but on this particular day it was too rainy and dreary to get the ideal photos. Instead we headed to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery — a hidden treasure in the heart of Chinatown that’s often overshadowed by the similarly beautiful National Gallery of Art.

One of the things I was struck by when visiting the Portrait Gallery was the beauty of the building’s architecture. Rather than detracting from the stunning nature of the art, the beauty of the architecture accentuated it.

Contrary to popular opinion, the Portrait Gallery doesn’t just display portraits. While there are some parts of the gallery that house portraits of presidents and other famous, predominately American figures, the gallery also has a mix of modern and contemporary art mixed in with some of it’s more historic predecessors.

While all in all, I prefer the National Gallery of Art to the National Portrait Gallery, both are D.C. hotspots worth exploring.

Looking forward to sharing some more seasonal posts when we return from our visit to Zach’s family in Colorado. In case I don’t get a chance to post prior, Merry Christmas!

Cheers loves,


Learn more about Rachel at Waywire Photography and check out the post she put together from our collaboration. Rachel is also incredibly skilled at landscape photography which you can check out here. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @waywirephotography.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” ~ Luke 2

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