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Illustrating Spain in the US at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

Now that it’s December, the holiday market outside the Portrait Gallery and the Sculpture Garden ice rink top the list of a must-attend attractions, alongside the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries FUTURES exhibit. But don’t forget about the cool things to see outside of downtown D.C. The Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain is in the midst of its Illustrating Spain in the US exhibit, showcasing the work of 10 Spanish comic artists. Through seven comics, audiences will learn how Spain has affected American cinema, fine art, landscape, literature, military, science, and more. On display in large presentations, it’s like reading on the big screen, offering the viewer more than they can see in a typical-sized comic book. What began as a project between Spanish artists and history experts morphed into an ongoing exhibition representing a “living diaspora of Spanish men and women who were and still are twinned with the American experience,” writes curator Ana Merino on the exhibition website. And whether you’re looking at an artifact in the Arts and Industries building or a comic in Illustrating Spain, what’s written on the accompanying plaque is just as important as what you’re viewing. As Merino explains: “Illustrating Spain in the US is a creative dialogue that combines the graphic expressiveness of comics and their authors, with the inquisitive perspective of scholars who have written a series of complementary articles.” So take advantage of living in D.C. and visit one of the dozens of beautiful buildings showcasing works from around the globe. Illustrating Spain in the US is on display until March 6, 2022, at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. Visits can be booked for Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m by emailing contact@spainculture.us. spainculture.us. Free.