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The Studio House: A Setting for an Ambassador for the Arts

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The Studio House: A Setting for an Ambassador for the Arts

In-Person Program with reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia 

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0557
The Embassy of the Republic of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Dupont Circle
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Studio House (Bruce White/Goode-White Collection/National Museum of American Art)

The distinctive Studio House on Washington, D.C’s Sheridan Circle (currently owned by the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia) was built in 1903 for Alice Pike Barney, an artist, playwright, civic leader, and philanthropist. Born in Ohio in 1857, in the late 1800s she spent time in Paris studying painting and began a salon in the home she rented there. Barney, who had solo shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and other major galleries, dedicated her life in the nation’s capital to the support and promotion of the arts.

Alice Barney held regular salons in the Studio House, where she brought together artists, writers, politicians, diplomats, and other prominent guests in a delightful setting inspired by Mission and Arts and Crafts styles. She passed away in 1931 in Hollywood. In 1960, Barney’s daughters Laura and Natalie donated the Studio House to the Smithsonian, and it changed hands several times before it became the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the United States in 2001.

Join independent researcher Mona Khademi for an evening at the Studio House—now on the National Registry of Historic Places—as she examines its interesting links to history, culture, and creativity. She shares fascinating stories about the Studio House’s original owner and her notable guests; traces the house’s Smithsonian connections; and looks at its current life as an embassy. Following the presentation, enjoy a light reception—and imagine yourself as a guest at one of Alice Pike Barney’s salons. 

Khademi is the author of the biography The Life of Laura Barney and the director of International Arts Management Consulting in Washington, D.C. Her articles have been published in a variety of journals, magazines, quarterlies, and books.

General Information

  • Please note that as a historic building, the Studio House is not fully accessible. Entering the house requires two sets of stairs and there is no elevator. Please contact Customer Service if this presents any concerns.
  • Registration for this program will end by 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 7, 2024.
  • Refer to our health and safety information for in-person programs.