Madam’s Organ

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The most famous or infamous mural in Washington is Madam’s Organ. It’s not only the name of a restaurant and blues nightclub but is wordplay on the name of the neighborhood: Adams Morgan. Subject of controversy for its rather lurid nature, the mural also has been involved in a dispute over whether it is advertising or art. It’s certainly both, but the dispute had to do with a permit and involved a fine. The club’s neon sign proclaims: “Sorry, We’re Open,” and its slogan is “where the beautiful people go to get ugly.” I’m a sucker for a self-deprecating sense of humor.

Photograph and post by Marie McC of Alexandria Daily Photo.

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4 Responses to Madam’s Organ

  1. Kate says:

    Great photo that depicts neighborhood!

  2. Mark says:

    What an outstanding slogan:

    “where the beautiful people go to get ugly.”

    Love it:)

  3. Neorelix says:

    Definitely art! Cheers!

  4. Dr. J. says:

    Yes, art! And a funny funny story to go with it. Janie

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