Detail of fish market painting


For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf



November 21, 2015–July 3, 2016

Co-produced and co-curated with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., this exhibition explored 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 StarChristian 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. Read the gallery guide for For the Record.