Category Archives: Museums

Hirshhorn at night

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.

New Year’s Day

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.

David Hockney at the Met

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.

Vermeer

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.