Did you realize when all of this was taking place how significant it was? You must have if you were taking pictures and filming. I'm forever impressed with the family stories and history that you share with us readers.
wow.. right or not it sure is impressive! With posts like this I feel like we have learned a lot about your younger years. I think you have more memories then many of us and it's wonderful of you to share them with me and the others!!! Thank you Naomi.
Amazed at how your father collected all those wonderful art pieces and then shared them with the rest of us.
It is a beautiful estate but I, for one, am glad that your father's art collection stayed in the east. We are going to DC for mr. kenju's 50th Georgetown reunion soon and we hope to steal away some time to go to the museum and see your father's collection.
Wow, I am just asounded at the history of all this, how he made something of himself, the life's work collecting all that art, and his tremendous gift to the world putting all this on display for the public.
another beautiful and intimate look at history and art and family in the making - to share such a thing is indeed an honor to be cherished by us all - obviously your father's keen sense of the "right place" for these magnificent pieces of art was/is a blessing to the world - i cannot tell you the number of times that i personally, since the mid 70s, together with my late sister, have visited the hirshhorn, extending our visits for hours and hours at a time, and then, the times i have taken my children there - it remains one of the top 3 foremost places for our family's dc visits - again, many thanks for sharing these wonderful stories, naomi -
I saw Chubby Checker a few times when he toured with Bobby Vee and he sung The Twist and Let's Twist Again, and they were, and still are such classic songs. At my gigs people still do the twist to them even now!
What a great shot of you in your gown!
I'm so pleased your father found the perfect home for his amazing art collection. :)
Beautiful art. I just love black and white photos. Men with the black sunglasses looked so cool back then. One of them stories where i am saying to myself I wish i would have been there...god bless....zman sends
Catching up on this fascinating story . Your collection of photographs is simply amazing. I truly admire your organization and your memory, Naomi dear. Brilliant!!
Fascinating story about the how the Hirshhorn came to be with the art displayed there. Your father's desire to share his treasurers with all of us and generations to come is to be greatly admired.
I can understand how the L.A. area might have been a welcome location for the art, but the Smithsonian does seem to have worked out for the best.
Thanks for sharing.
How I wish I had known you in my travelling days. Sadly I never went to Washington but I certainly would have have had I known you then.
Marvellous to feel your father's collection is preserved for posterity. You must feel so proud of him.
I have been admiring those gorgeous gates in your first few pictures. I'd love to live in a house with gates like that!
One day I'm going to go to Washington and visit your father's collection.... the building looks very impressive. I think it's right that the art should be displayed in Washington rather than California. More accessible to the people of America (and Canada too, I hope!).
I've enjoyed reading your story of Greystone, Naomi.
Naomi, you should really collate all these memories into a memoir. It's fascinating stuff and needs to be a book.
Your father was truly an generous man to give away such a fabulous collection. I imagine the dollar value would astound.
I loved the old house but agree that the museum does give it the right setting. If I am ever in DC, that is a must on my list. I have certainly enjoyed this series.
I have "twisted" a few nights away my self. That had to be good for the waistline. Hum, maybe this afternoon I might give it a whirl.
I must drive to DC and see the collection!
what an amazing gift to us all
I love the gates
and I love the woman in the red suit, wow! what a statement :)
and most of all I love you
Hope sends hugs
The Hirschhorn! Incredible museum, great collection! I had no idea this was your father!
Funny, I know I was there but don't remember the building looking like that. That's how it is "on the ground" you can't see the big view. I especially remember the outside sculpture.
I loved seeing the pictures of inside the Greystone and hearing some of its history. That gate! And yes, we were twisting on our side of the country too. I love how you threw that in.
Also, it was fun to see a picture of George Bach after hearing you talk about him when we were there in February.
Another great update - I hadn't realised the art collection you referred to was the one at the Hirshhorn.
That's a stunning gallery and collection which I visited a few years ago when I was in Washington.
To be truthful, I was wandering around alone and sort of stumbled upon it and was then led inevitably in!
A quick snapshot of the front, from my trip is here
...and a strange little story...
I noticed your picture from inside the Hirshhorn of the sculptures (its the black and white one) - It reminded me of a larger sculpture I'd seen years ago in Beverley Hills. I think it was called 'The hare drumming to the moon' - or shortened to 'the drummer' - which is a good old pagan thing.
So I quickly looked it up - I have a picture of it in L.A. And guess what! It's been moved - to Washington D.C. - and to the Hirshhorn Museum grounds, no less!
Coincidence, style, serendipity?
Naomi - sorry to bombard you - but the story gets even better... I just looked up the name of the artist for the drummer sculpture that I'd seen in L.A. that then moved to Washington.
One quick google later and I find that Flanagan was the first sculptor work that your father bought- not the hare, but a snake - There's an interview with him in the Archives of American Art link here
I sit here just dumbstruck....what a story...what a life you have lead...how wonderful....hope you are writing your memoirs...your story (stories) need to be told...I hope one day to see the Museum....thanks Naomi!!
Oh wow - your father certainly owned a lot of art work! What a fabulous post - what a wonderful life.
Wow, what a neat story and a generous, thoughtful gift, a sharing of a treasure.
What a fascinatingm story of your father and his wonderful collection of art! Really your father was a generous and remarkable man.
Naomi, you have such a powerful memory and an amazing archive of great photos. I am always very impressed when reading the story of your fascinating life and family life too. I totally agree with R. Sherman, you should really write a book!
Thanks, my dear, for sharing this great post!
I go to that museum every time I'm in DC - I'll look at it with new eyes now.
What a WONDERFUL story. Your father loved art enough to collect it- then let it be shared with the rest of us. Thank you for sharing.
Wow, it's hard to imagine having that much artwork to donate!! 12,000 pieces! Amazing!! What a wonderful gift to this country as well. I hope someday I can go and visit and see all the pieces that once belonged to your father!
Hope you are well Naomi! Hugs!!
Thx for your post, I really enjoy your blog. Long time lurker, first time commenter, you know the drill. I tried to share this one time before, I don’t think it posted correctly…hopefully it will this time!
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