Head on over to the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
The Corcoran has partnered with Christie’s to display a historic Abraham Lincoln manuscript immediately following the Presidential Inauguration. Lincoln delivered the four-page speech at the White House on November 10, 1864, immediately after his second-term as President. Written in his own hand, they are the pages that Lincoln held while addressing the crowd of celebrating supporters on the White House lawn.
Visitors may view the manuscript free of charge in the Corcoran’s Atrium on Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23 during normal opening hours. The document has only been seen in public one time in its history and may return to private hands after it is sold by Christie’s on February 12. It is a unique opportunity to see a piece of Presidential history in the year of Lincoln’s bicentennial.
You better hurry, today is the last day.
While you’re visiting the Corcoran, be sure to check out Richard Avedon’s Portraits of Power
Richard Avedon, America’s pre-eminent portraitist and fashion photographer, portrayed significant figures of the American political landscape throughout his career. This exhibition brings together Avedon’s work on the subjects of politics and power for the first time. Juxtaposing more than 200 images of government, media, business, and labor officials with photographs of artists, activists, and ordinary citizens caught up in national debates, Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power explores a five-decade photographic inquiry by one of our finest artists.
You can see a rare color portrait of now-President Obama from the 2004 Democratic Convention and also a picture of Ronald Reagan from 1976.
FamousDC tip: You can even visit the Corcoran’s site and print out a ticket that gets you two-for-one admission.