Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Barefoot Boy Edition

Y(Ike)s: Philip Kennicott is on Team Gehry. In a lengthy and worthwhile review, the Post's art/architecture/culture critic praises Frank Gehry's paradigm-smashing design for a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower on the National Mall. With its large metal tapestries and depiction of the 34th president as the "barefoot boy" of his Kansas youth—in addition to bas reliefs showing Eisenhower's success in the military and atop the executive branch—the design has "re-gendered" the vocabulary of memorializing, Kennicott writes. Which, it turns out, is something about which Eisenhower's grandchildren aren't too pleased. After Katherine Boyle wrote her Post story about those tensions, one of Ike's descendants, his grandson David Eisenhower, resigned from the federal commission responsible for the memorial.

The Write Stuff: The Post profiles the local literary enthusiasts (cough) behind the website dcwriters.org (cough), which catalogs the homes of the many famous authors (cough) who have lived in the District and its surrounding area. Ahem.

So Intense: Kim Jong-Il, the Dear Leader of North Korea, is dead. But did you know that the birth of this famously eccentric dictator, at least according to his official biographers, was heralded by a double rainbow? D.C. space-disco duo Protect-U do.

Today on Arts Desk: A partial Q and Not U reunion? Plus more arts in review.

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