On our last day in DC, Ryan and I moseyed our way over to the National Portrait Gallery and then to the Kennedy Center. As an art history major, seeing the Portrait Gallery was at the top of my list and seeing the portraits of our presidents felt so patriotic. Two of my favorite portraits were of JFK, by Elaine de Kooning (part of the Abstract Expressionist movement) and then the portrait of Bill Clinton by Chuck Close (part of the third movement of Abstract Expressionism and influenced by the work of Elain’s husband Willem de Kooning). Both portraits are unusual and depart from the very traditional presidential portrait. While meandering the halls of the museum, Ryan and I got weather alerts for a tornado warning. The warning only lasted 15 mins but the Californian in me was a bit terrified.
Once the alert was over, and all was safe, we jumped in an Uber and headed over to the Kennedy Center, which was JFK’s memorial similar to the Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorial. The Kennedy Center is gigantic and a beautiful display of the globe’s appreciation for President Kennedy. We were able to get a private tour, seeing the Opera House, the Hall of Nations and the Hall of States. So beautiful and such a perfect way to spend out last day in DC.