Bob Hope & the Gershwins at the Library of Congress

I finally made it to the new exhibit at the Library of Congress, Hope for America: Performers, Politics, and Popular Culture.

It seemed to be another of those exhibits that really wants to be a book, rather than being artifact-driven.  So you can get almost as much from the Web site as you can at the Library.   However, the one really cool thing in the exhibit was an interactive monitor with access to Hope’s joke file.  If only that were online…

Much cooler and more artifact-driven is an exhibit saluting George and Ira Gershwin, including George’s desk and piano and Ira’s typewriter.  And very specially, self-portraits that the two painted !

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