Typically, I write about art in Ottawa, but a person has to hit the road once in a while, which I did recently, and rode the railway to Montreal, New York and Philadelphia. Here are three special exhibitions to consider for your spring/early-summer travels.
Most effective after the dour American Gothic — and almost comic by comparison — is Parson Weem’s Fable, with future president George Washington, still a boy but with the adult Washington’s head, not lying about having chopped down the proverbial cherry tree. Wood was wary of mythology unbound, and in the background two black slaves are working. Conflicting and, indeed, mesmerizing.