Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. (1988), has been projected on the Hirshhorn Museum for the last three nights. It is a restaging of his original work, created for the Hirshhorn 30 years ago.
On the other side of the Hirshhorn, above the entrance, is the logo developed by the AIDS protest group ACT UP in the 1980’s, as part of the museum’s current exhibit on art and commodities in the 1980’s.
I always like to start the year by photographing around the city, but in today’s frigid weather, I went inside five museums on the Mall. Favorite exhibits:
Subodh Gupta’s Terminal at the Sackler
Seeing Ai Weiwei’s Trace again, on the closing day of the exhibit.
The Michelangelo exhibit at the Met is one of the most crowded exhibits I’ve ever been to. Since most of the works shown are small drawings, it was pretty impossible to see them with an unobstructed view. So here is the Sistine Chapel ceiling replica, and the gift shop.
Hockney has been pretty much my favorite painter for a long time. Awesome to see this exhibit at the Met. I’ve got books with the paintings in them, so I didn’t need to take photos of the paintings by themselves, but it was crowded enough that people were conveniently in front of the photos.
Exhibit at the Natural History Museum, NYC
The Nutcracker installation at Artechouse had interactive projections on the walls, and some augmented reality elements triggered from a smartphone app.
The Kingdom of Colors exhibit at Artechouse is a magical riot of colors.
The National Gallery’s Evening at the Edge program for November featured hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, who merged his hip-hop with Indian musician Nistha Raj.
Got to go see a preview of the new Vermeer and contemporaries exhibit at the National Gallery, getting as much time as I wanted without the crowds, so I walked through the exhibit rooms four times, absorbing new details each time. I ended up being most fascinated by three sets of details: the women’s faces, generally facing in the same direction, the hands that were beautifully rendered and often in use, and the dogs – there was a hound in one picture, but all the other dogs were brown and white spaniels.