For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf
This exhibition—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.—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 Star, 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-nineteenth-century buildings facing demolition, being demolished, or whose historical contexts were erased for modern construction.
Lily Spandorf, Old Botanic Gardens Office. Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 1999.077.011.
Miriam E. Johnson, Lily Spandorf Painting in West Potomac Park, April 1969. JO K101, Miriam E. Johnson photograph collection, Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Lily Spandorf, illustration for Washington Star, 1961. Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Lily Spandorf, Peoples Drug Store, 7 Dupont Circle, NW, ca. 1970. Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 1999.077.046.
Lily Spandorf, Municipal Fish Market, Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 1999.077.039.