Two women from Harvard have won the federal design competition for the Women's Rights National Historical Park at Seneca Falls, N.Y. RayKinoshita, 26, and Ann Marshall, 27, both studying at Harvard's graduate school of architecture, have jointly won the $15,000 prize in the contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service.
The winning plans, out of 751 entries, are to restore the Wesleyan Chapel, the place where 300 men and women met in 1848 to create the ground-breaking document of women's rights, the "Declaration of Sentiments." Modeled after the Declaration of Independence, it called for women's right to vote and 17 other rights, considered outrageous at the time. The site of that meeting is currently a laundromat and cinder-block movie house. The plans call for tearing the buildings down and excavating the original walls to create an enclosed sanctuary and a "waterwall" with the declaration inscribed on it. Funding for the park, being pushed by Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan (D-N.Y.), will now have to come from Congress this year. NEA officials could not estimate costs of the park.
The IMS Role The name -- Institute of Museum Services -- sounds this side of boring, as if the men and women who work there cater events, or spend their days helping museums clean up. Actually, the IMS, celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, is an independent federal agency (under the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities) that has given out more than 7,000 grants to museums of all kinds -- art museums, history museums, arboretums, aquariums, planetariums -- throughout the country. The nuts-and-bolts grants generally have gone to help such institutions improve their basic operations, meet increasing costs and better care for their collections. The IMS also tries to spur private contributions, a goal of the Reagan administration. Recent funds distributed in the D.C. area include $14,000 to the Textile Museum to resolve significant environmental control problems, and $13,000 to the Corcoran for a condition survey of more than 1,000 American and European drawings.
The IMS was feted at a dinner last week hosted by Daniel J. Terra, ambassador-at-large for cultural affairs, in the State Department's Diplomatic Rooms. "It's a full-grown child," said Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.), who pushed through legislation for creating the IMS a decade ago. "The whole idea is to help museums, and it does." The IMS also honored Douglas Dillon, former chairman of the National Museum Services Board, which oversees the IMS.
Creativity in Progress Admit it. Often, when looking at art, you find it difficult to understand exactly what the artist is up to. A query or two to the artist might make things a lot easier, but you usually can't drag him with you for a lesson. You can, however, do something of the sort thanks to a unique local collaboration. Artist Donald Davidson and filmmaker Andrea Hull will present an artist's video tomorrow at the opening of his show at the Ninth Street Gallery. The eight-minute piece includes shots of Davidson's art, scenes of him in the studio working with a dancing model and comments by Christopher With, a fan and curator at the National Gallery. The video, especially Davidson's words, gives the viewer a better sense of how the art is created. On the subject of why he paints his oft-repeated energetic human figures, he says: "What's more alive than movement?"
The Week's Events There's lots to see this week:
Tonight at 8, the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger is sponsoring a free reading of "A Narrow Bed" by Ellen McLaughlin as part of Washington Project for the Arts' multidisciplinary project, "War and Memory: In the Aftermath of Viet Nam." The play is about the '60s and four casualties of that war.
On Tuesday and Thursday, the Phillips Collection will inaugurate a four-part lecture series focusing on Ce'zanne, Matisse, Braque and O'Keeffe, all artists well represented in the collection. New Curator Sir Lawrence Gowing will lead the first two this week, and next week's, on Nov. 3 and 5, will be given by 19th-century curator Robert Cafritz and education officer Donna McKee. The series, "Modern Masters at the Phillips Collection," is $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers and $12 per individual lecture.
On Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will hold a public forum to discuss all aspects of the commission, including overviews of programs. The meeting will be held at the Panorama Room at 1600 Morris Rd. SE.
And despite being rained out in early September, the ADD Arts Festival will go on Saturday at Eighth Street NW and the Vendors Mall near Martin Luther King Jr. Library. The much-shortened event will still include singers, art exhibits and a graffiti art wall.