Category: public art
National Mall, Washington,D.C.;Rodin
Massachusetts Ave., NW is lined with former turn of the century (19th into 20th centuries) mansions that are now rather forbidding embassies, with lots of security cameras and barred windows and doors. But the addition of sculpture celebrating the founders of the countries, their religions, or in one case, memorializing the assassination of a former Chilean diplomat and his aide by car bomb as they drive on Mass. Ave. has made Embassy Row more interesting,more informative, and more attractive.
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Robert Mills won the competition for the Washington Monument in 1836, but it was not until the late 19th century that construction was completed, delayed by various problems, especially raising money for construction.
I.M. Pei designed the second building for the National Gallery of Art in the late 1960s. Its modernist architecture of flat facades and sharp angles is in marked contrast to John Russell Pope’s Classical Revival building, started in the late 1930s and finished in the 1940s, after his death, by his associates.
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Foreword by Madeleine Albright
Karski’s courage and testimony, conveyed in a breathtaking manner in Story of a Secret State, offer the narrative of one of the world’s greatest eyewitnesses and an inspiration for all of humanity, emboldening each of us to rise to the challenge of standing up against evil and for human rights. This definitive edition—which includes a foreword by Madeleine Albright, a biographical essay by Yale historian Timothy Snyder, an afterword by Zbigniew Brzezinski, previously unpublished photos, notes, further reading, and a glossary—is an apt legacy for this hero of conscience during the most fraught and fragile moment in modern history.
Jan Karski was born in Lódz, Poland, in 1914. He received a degree in Law and Diplomatic Science in 1935 and served as a liaison officer of the Polish Underground during World War II. He carried the first eyewitness report of the Holocaust to a mostly unbelieving West, meeting with President Roosevelt in 1943 to plead for Allied intervention. Story of a Secret State was originally published in 1944, becoming a bestseller and Book of the Month Club selection. After the war, Karski earned his PhD at Georgetown University, where he served as a distinguished professor in the School of Foreign Service for forty years. He died in Washington, DC, in 2000. Karski has been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. In 2012, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Above quoted from Georgetwon Un. Press website.
Sculpture by Karol Badyna.
Photograph (c) Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2013.