Dupont in Detail: Jasper Johns is Everywhere

It turns out Jasper Johns’s obsession with taking a single object and looking at it from every angle and variation is contagious. Thanks to the imagery in Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme, I’m noticing targets:

Images of things that look like targets

Seeing bulls-eyes in sewer lids, gates, bikes, and more.


Images of numbers found on houses and signs

Numbers on houses and street signs, especially when stenciled, remind me of Johns’s multiple 0–9 series.

and flags everywhere:

Images of things that look like flags

Is that a crosswalk, or a flag? Stairs, or stripes?

And these examples were collected in just half an hour of walking around the neighborhood with a camera. I have a feeling that I’ll be seeing echoes of the Jasper Johns exhibition long after it leaves the Phillips in September.

Amy Wike, Publicity and Marketing Coordinator

Dupont in Detail: Before You Die . . .

On my bike ride home yesterday I was stopped in my tracks (or tires?) by a scene at the intersection of 14th and Q Streets. A group of people was standing around looking at this:

The "Before I Die" wall. Photo: Amanda Jiron-Murphy

The “Before I Die” wall. Photo: Amanda Jiron-Murphy

This was just what I needed after a somewhat crummy day: I laughed, I cried, I was grateful that a piece of public installation art made me think a little about what is really important in life. Here is a sampling of some of my favorite writings: Continue reading “Dupont in Detail: Before You Die . . .” »

Won’t You Be Our Valentines?

Hand-knit hearts (and cupid) adorn a tree at the Phillips. Photo: Cecilia Wichmann

Surprise! If you’re walking through Dupont this morning, be sure to head north of the Metro along the west side of Connecticut Avenue up to Looped Yarn Works, then back down and over on R Street to 21st, and of course down 21st to the Phillips. You’ll discover hand-knit hearts weaving a cozy path. We’ll post more photos and stories here throughout the week about how this magic came to pass. A huge thank-you to each of you–knitters and non-knitters alike–who came out for last night’s knit-in and donated your handiwork for this loving cause.


Knit and crocheted valentines warm up sign posts and trees along three blocks in Dupont Circle. Photo: Cecilia Wichmann