Spandorf Exhibit Program Schedule


Collaboration’s the name of the game: On November 21st, For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf—presented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and co-produced and co-curated with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.—opened its doors. And in addition to the exhibit itself, both partners are pleased to announce a full slate of related exhibit programming! (Keep your eye out for an upcoming behind-the-scenes look at how this all came together).

The exhibit 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 show will be on view through Summer 2016.

The George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum
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 pm. 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.

MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 12-1 pm. 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.

TUESDAY MAY 10, 2016: 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.