For the Record: the Art of Lily Spandorf

Spandorf-headerNovember 21, 2015 – Summer 2016

For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf, co-produced and co-curated with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is on view at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW.

The exhibition explores the artwork of Austrian-born watercolorist and journalist Lily Spandorf (1914-2000). Working with pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache, Spandorf became known for the news illustrations she created for the Washington Star, the Christian Science Monitor, and Washington Post, among many other periodicals. Late in her career she became celebrated for passionately recording the transformation of Washington, D.C.’s urban landscape, especially the many red-brick, late-19th-century buildings facing demolition, being demolished, or whose historical contexts were erased for modern construction.

The exhibition will be on view through Summer 2016.

The George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum

701 21st Street NW
Museum Hours: Monday, Wednesday–Friday: 11:30 AM–6:30 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM–5 PM; Sunday: 1–5 PM; Closed Tuesday and university holidays.


Free for Historical Society members (make sure you have your membership card on hand!)

Free for GWU museum members, children, and current GWU students, faculty, and staff
$8 suggested donation for non-members



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Historical Society members Tour and Tea, at the George Washington University Museum/The Textile Museum. This special curator’s tour of For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf will include a viewing of the full-length version of “A View From the Street: The Art of Lily Spandorf.” Not yet a member? Join todayRegister for the *members-only *program here.

THURSDAY MARCH 24, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Historic Preservation and the Art of Lily Spandorf. Join GW Professor of American Studies Richard Longstreth as he gives a talk on the nature of historic preservation in Washington, D.C., and across the nation in the 1960s and 1970s. Held at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m. D.C. Mondays at the Museum
Film Screening and Meet the Producer: “A View From the Street: the Art of Lily Spandorf” See this enlightening portrait of watercolorist Lily Spandorf by local filmmaker Barr Weissman. Hear how he worked to win her confidence in order to make this delightful 1988 documentary. Held at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

MONDAY, MAY 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m. D.C. Mondays at the Museum Lecture/Discussion: TV News Comes to Washington, with Christopher Sterling, Associate Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and professor emeritus, School of Media and Public Affairs, the George Washington University. Christopher Sterling reflects on the top ten television news innovations and their impact on the Washington political scene. This talk complements the exhibition, “For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf,” on view in the George Washington University. Held at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

MONDAY, MAY 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m. D.C. Mondays at the Museum
Interview/Discussion: The Lily Spandorf I Knew with Mark Griffin. Held at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lily Spandorf Papers Workshop. Join Library & Collections Director Anne McDonough and Washington History managing editor Jane Freundel Levey for a hands-on look at Spandorf’s archives and selected additional works from her Washington Never More collection. Held in the Historical Society’s Kiplinger Research Library, on the second floor of the Carnegie Library building. Register here.

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