Taking a break from modernism
With a "no pictures allowed" rule, I was unable to take any picture of the actual exhibition which showcased a lovely array of period furniture pieces (another fascination of mine).
One thing that struck me after going through the exhibit was how the aspirations of modernist architects—notably Le Corbrusier and his "radiant city" concept—fell flat on its face when it came to the design of apartment buildings. Not only were they unable to become the les unites of the people, these structures are often characterized by soul-wrenching impersonal design which usually lead to abandonment, decay and ultimately demolishment.
(Corcoran Gallery of Art's "Modernism" exhibit cafe)