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 ‘Washington DC’
The day after Halloween, the Christmas decorations went up in my neighborhood. Then right after Boxing Day, there were already Valentine’s Day candies in stores. As someone who really enjoys the holiday season, this early decoration overkill and immediate disappearance seems like both too much and too little. That’s why I appreciate some historical perspective on the season.
18th century Americans didn’t decorate until Christmas Day and then spent the next 12 days celebrating with parties, dancing, weddings, and lots of eating and drinking. To take in the classic (and not so classic) wreaths, greens, and holiday trimmings essential for the holiday spirit, I spent a few days in Jamestown and Williamsburg, two living history museums in Virginia.
One of the most amazing things about museums is that every visit can bring you a new discovery. I decided to spend Slow Art Day 2015 with the National Gallery of Art. Even though the NGA and I are old friends, I still found some amazing pieces, examined overlooked details and learned about a new artist. In the spirit of the Slow Art movement, let me show you just a piece of what I found when I decided to limit myself to looking at 5 paintings in the whole museum.
The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are discussing Art Cities. Below you’ll find a list of all the stories!
This month we also welcome a new member, Lizzie from WanderArti! Her blog features handy city art guides and profiles contemporary artists who are inspired by travel. Be sure to check out her site!
I travel all over the world looking for artistic wonders and historical places, but to be fair, I actually have it really good back home. I live in Washington D.C. and it is a lot more than just the political capital of the US. It is also a world-class art, culture and history destination. From the museums to the architecture to the festivals, Washington DC is a wonderful place to live and to visit!
The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are treating you to An Art Day in some of our favorite city. Check out all the stories below!
I am so lucky to live in Washington DC! We have interesting architecture, great music and performing arts organizations, very active international Embassies, beautiful public art and monuments, and an incredible collection of museums and galleries. Since the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Museums are administered by the US federal government, admission is always free. While this is a dream come true for DC’s students, it is great symbolic gesture for visitors to the city – the visual arts should be enjoyed freely and shared with all. With all the special exhibits to see, I practically get an “art day” every month and so I absolutely recommend an art trip to DC!