The Funk Parade and festival is in its third year, and bigger and better than ever. This year, I was one of the “official” photographers, which in theory allowed me closer access to some events, but didn’t really help much given the size of the joyous crowds. It was a wonderful day of creativity and celebration.
The Fine Lines Paint Jam took place yesterday on a 900-foot-long wall on Rhode Island Avenue. This is the third annual event there, with the previous years’ work painted over before the event. In addition to the mural painting, there was music, skateboarding, chess, and the drum group Batala performing.
Had a great opportunity today to preview Re-Ball, the new exhibit at Dupont Underground (thanks to IGDC, the local Instagram group). The exhibit repurposes many of the thousands of balls that were used last summer in The Beach at the National Building Museum. The balls are glued together in small cubes, with velcro dots on the outside of the cubes. This allows visitors to reconfigure the shapes (although during this preview, we were not allowed to do that, so that the exhibit could remain untouched until its opening tomorrow).
One Love Massive had a large festival yesterday, celebrating 4/20 with an event starting at 4:20. It was held in one of the parking lots behind the warehouses a couple of blocks from Union Market, backing up to the railroad tracks. There was music on a few informal stages, many small vendors, and a large wall with several artists installing work.
Had a great time yesterday getting to see the Smithsonian Craft Show before it opened to the public, thanks to an invitation from IGDC.
There were 120 exhibitors, and the full scope could be appreciated when viewing it from the second floor balcony. Here are glimpses of four of the exhibitors:
I was especially drawn to the work of Brandon Holschuh. His jewelry was so strong. Some pieces had an outer metal shell that almost looked primitive or organic, and then the insides were tiny scenes of emeralds and garnets and diamonds, somewhat like finding an incredible geode. He goes one step further, viewing jewelry as a duality, both on the body and then looking like a small piece of sculpture when not worn. And he had also thought through every aspect of his booth, making it one of the best showcases there. (He was also very generous with his time, talking to me and the others from IGDC).
Josh Bernbaum’s glass pieces were arresting – some beautiful and some just wonderfully strange:
I loved the colors of the Vetro Vero Glass, with shades ranging from ethereal to bold:
And it was completely exciting to see 12 Dale Chihuly pieces on loan for the show, arranged in the center of the Great Hall. I was reminded of Andy Warhol’s Poppies, and so exposed this photo to bring out that aspect of the shapes:
Had a really great opportunity on Tuesday to see the first run-through of the upcoming play at Mosaic Theater, When January Feels Like September (May 19-June 12). The director, playwright, stage designer, costume designer, and sound engineer all gave presentations about their concepts for the performance, and then the cast did the first table read. So very interesting to see the underpinnings of the creative process.
President Taft was an automobile enthusiast, and his purchase of the first limousines for the White House was a major boost for the fledgling industry. His White Steam Car is temporarily on display on the Mall. It is steam-powered, because at that time the steam vs. gas issue was not yet settled. The car is in a large glass box, and between the glass and the high polish of the car, reflections are intense.
I’ve seen the Emancipation Day fireworks for the past several years, and while they are always the same, the thrill remains electric. Seeing fireworks along Pennsylvania Avenue is amazing, and the crowds are sparse so I can get a front-row view, close enough to feel some ashes. The show is short and intense, with fireworks constantly set off in multiple bursts.