The quiet child of the Smithsonian family of museums re-opened this November with a surprisingly bold statement. The aptly named Wonder exhibit is well worth a visit for its truly impressive installation pieces. While I’m happy to have the Renwick Gallery back, this re-birthday party feels overly flashy, just a bit narcissistic, and certainly out of character for a museum dedicated to decorative arts. While an entertaining show, I am left wondering about the future of this museum and the potential for a reinvented purpose.
Posts tagged ‘contemporary art’
A few years ago I had the opportunity in Boston to see a traveling exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s glass installations while they awaited construction of their permanent home in Seattle. I’m really fascinated by how Chihuly’s conceptualizes and builds his pieces and so I was excited to see these works this December at the Seattle Center in the completed Chihuly Garden and Glass.
I am spoiled in Washington D.C. with wonderful, free museums that I can visit on a regular basis. (Current government shut down not withstanding!) So for Museum Day last Saturday, I visited the smaller Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. Since we had some pleasant late summer weather, I thought I would show you around the grounds and take a look a the current contemporary art installation there.
As the East Coast prepares for a very cool spell this weekend, I thought I’d dig up some bright and joyous winter pictures. “The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979–2005” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude was erected in Central Park for two weeks in February 2005. Given my love of contemporary art and temporary installations, it was a given that I would make an art pilgrimage* to see The Gates in real life. And it was so worth it! The dramatic orange structures really popped against the frosty ground, bare trees and grey city. The heavy canvas flags whipped and snapped in the wind but from a distance appeared to floated and swung peacefully as they wound down the park trails. Read more