DC Museum Marathon: A Contemporary Conclusion

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Friday’s post documenting my journey to the Wadsworth Atheneum reminded me of one other museum adventure I forgot to document–my trip to the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in D.C.! Considering the bright colors and alien forms of these works of contemporary art, it’s a surprise that I didn’t mention them straight away.

I always feel uncomfortable when people talk about how they don’t “get” contemporary art–how its unusual materials and conceptual structures don’t seem like art at all. One of my favorite elements of contemporary sculpture is its playfulness: spending a day at my beloved Mass MOCA, for example, feels like exploring an adult-sized playground for the imagination! Though many of the exhibitions at the Hirshhorn aren’t quite as immersive as Mass MOCA’s larger installation works, I still enjoyed walking through its many floors, never sure what I’d find around the next corner.

Featured above: Mary Bauermeister and Roy Lichtenstein 

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You really can’t go wrong with a Calder mobile!

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A larger gallery space with floor-to-ceiling windows offered an unexpectedly majestic view of the Mall’s…ongoing construction.

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Sometimes I experience the nagging fear that everything I post on this blog is a heartfelt praise of the work of Sol LeWitt–but, guys, this is a different sort of LeWitt, okay? As someone who’s mostly enjoyed his mural work, I found this sculpture fascinating (and a good thematic partner for the construction taking place outside).

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I found myself incredibly fond of the second half of Lawrence Weiner’s A Rubber Ball Thrown On The Sea: as a typography fan and art lover, I couldn’t get enough of it!

A brief blog housekeeping note: as you’re reading these posts, I’m currently off on a grand museum/winter coast adventure, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Prepare yourselves for lots of landscapes and art galore as we move into next week.

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