A little over a week ago Ben and I had one of the BEST weekends ever. Starting off with a Third Eye Blind concert at the National, and ending with checking out Renwick Gallery's exhibition "WONDER" in DC... to say I was spoiled, would be an understatement. Amazing art and music so freaking good it makes your heart grow 3 sizes, I was in heaven!
I hadn't had a chance to be a real tourist in DC since I was a kid, which is sort of silly considering I live only about 100 miles from there... but anyway, Ben and I wanted to see EVERYTHING!! We went to as many places as we could, a lot of the museums were closed for renovations - but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise because there were hardly any other people around! It was like we had the city to ourselves, aaaand it was over 70 degrees out! In December!
We went to the National Gallery of Art, walked along the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, visited Baberaham Lincoln (can we just pause for a second and talk about how seriously frightening that statue is? I felt like I was in the Hercules Disney movie and he was going to come alive at any moment!).
One of my favorite places we visited was the Freer and Sackler Galleries where we saw some amazing Asian art. The Peacock Room was incredible. Ben loooved the gold patterns on the wall, we got a ton of inspiration for his office makeover (stay tuned for that reveal coming very soon!!).
We checked out the Hirshhorn Museum, and I wasn't the biggest fan of what they were showing this time. It was mostly small sculptures and I just wasn't relating to it, but I have trouble identifying with three dimensional work, so be sure to check out the work and judge it for yourself. I know I'm forgetting other places we visited...but I know we ended with the best - the exhibition "WONDER" at Renwick Gallery.
Renwick had just completed it's remodel and WONDER was the opening exhibition. It was by far the most crowded space of anywhere we visited that day! People were swarming the installations, it was really pretty awesome to see how excited people were about checking out contemporary artists' work. Above is a photo I took of John Grade's wood installation. It's MASSIVE in person, you have to crouch down to get around it in most spots, I won't spoil it for you - but it's really really REALLY cool.
The installation people seemed to be spending the most time with was Janet Echelman's hundred foot long suspended hand woven net. There were large pillows in the center of the room and a welcoming carpet that people (myself included) were laying on to get the best view of the installation. This photo I took gives you a little idea, but you need to see it in person to get the full affect! Be sure to lay on the floor too, it'll make you feel like you're part of the art :)
Still need more convincing to check out this show in person? Watch the video below!
Minus the very yucky visitor's center sandwich I ate for lunch that day, EVERYTHING Ben and I checked out in DC was worth experiencing. If you get the chance to be a tourist for the day, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease treat yourself to Renwick's exhibit, The Peacock Room, and a yummier lunch.
and now I leave you with Third Eye Blind's newest album, and yes, they're still just as awesome as you remember <3
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