DC Art / Exhibits

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Vincent Van Gogh’s Self Portrait from 1889

And now for some Washington D.C. art odds and ends, starting with the stuff (can I call fine art stuff?) I found at the National Gallery of Art.  I won’t elaborate on the pieces because I’m not sure I can say anything too interesting about them, so I’ll just leave you with some favorites.  Oh, and a video of the pretty lights you see as you go from my least favorite building of the National Art Gallery to the my favorite building of the National Art Gallery (there are only two buildings a the National Art Gallery).

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Fifteen Pairs of Hands by Bruce Nauman (1996)

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Alexander Calder wire sculpture

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Bird in Space by Brancusi (1927)

I had some time left on my museum day and on a whim decided to stop by Hirshhorn, and I’m so glad I did.  (The next two pieces are from Hirshhorn.)  I loved the little museum (little compared to his Smithsonian brothers, that is).  I especially enjoyed palimpsest by Ann Hamilton in collaboration with Kathryn Clark.  You can’t see very well, but in the middle of this room filled with little notes (they are covering all the walls and the floor!), there are snails eating cabbages.

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palimpsest by Ann Hamilton in collaboration with Kathryn Clark (1989)

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Art booties required to walk into palimpsest by Ann Hamilton in collaboration with Kathryn Clark (1989)

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Detail of palimpsest by Ann Hamilton in collaboration with Kathryn Clark (1989)

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Untitled (Dog) by Peter Coffin (2012)

And finally, the Newseum which had some great exhibitions, including a Pulitzer Prize photography exhibit that I will cover later and a slightly disappointing presidential dog exhibit which did not feature as many photographs of dogs as I would have liked…  On a more somber note, however, the one that especially stuck with me was the 9/11 exhibit which included an amazing documentary on the reporters that covered the attacks that day.

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Newspaper covers from around the world at the 9/11 exhibit in Newseum

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Broadcast antenna from one of the towers at the 9/11 exhibit in Newseum

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