ART FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE -- At the National Museum of American Art through May 5; daily, 10 to 5:30.
The Mondales may have moved on but the art they borrowed from around the country is not forgotten. "Art from the Vice President's House," a mix of photographs, prints, paintings, sculpture and crafts by well-known and emerging Pacific Coast artists, is on view at the National Museum of American Art through May 5.
In 1977, "Joan of Art" Mondale initiated a series of exhbits in the house, presenting contemporary American artists one geographic area at a time. The current selection of 60 works chosen by Henry Hopkins of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is long on California artists.
There's Robert Arneson's whimsical "Typewriter" of glazed earthenware, an eerie Betye Saar mixed-media assemblage and John McLaughlin's start abstraction in Southern California style.
Additionally, paintings by Helen Lundberg and Richard Diebenkorn, a Willem De Kooning that graced the Mondale dining room, Alaskan Kay Hendrickson's "Ceremonial Staff," Dan Flavin's cool white fluorescent lights and Robert Irwin's sprayed plexiglass disc are among the contemporary -- but not funkily avant garde -- pieces carted from the Vice President residence.
In short, there's nothing here you couldn't live with.