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Art And History Collide In Paintings Depicting A Washington Of The Past

WAMU-FM previewed the museum's "For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf" exhibition opening Nov. 21.

A new exhibit shows D.C. through the rose-tinted watercolors of Lily Spandorf

The Washington Post Express discusses D.C.'s "unofficial portraitist," Lily Spandorf and the museum's new exhibition opening Nov. 21.

A D.C. Watercolorist’s Beautiful Record of the Changing City in the ‘60s and ‘70s

Slate.com discusses Lily Spandorf's record of D.C. during the '60s and '70s.

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.