My new year’s resolution was not to ‘see and do more artsy things’ in DC, but somehow I have checked out 6 exhibitions in the last few weeks. I wanted to make sure you get to see them too before they close!
40 under 40 @ Renwick Gallery
Free, closes February 3rd (near the White House and Farragut West metro) Skinny Tip: Grab lunch at Old Ebbitt, stroll past the White House to digest lunch and then enter the Renwick. Plan to spend 1.5 hrs to browse and admire!
The art work of these young guns under 40 are categorized as ‘crafts’ but this is not your grandma’s knitting gig we’re talking about. These are uber cool crafts! Below a few of my favorites:
- A marble pillow (by Sebastian Martorana) that doesn’t look like marble at all, amazes me and I almost cry at the sad story behind it
- Cut paper by Mia Perlman hold my eyes hostage, the intricacy of the work is dark, beautiful, cascading…
- Watching a war documentary (by Cat Mazza) through a lens of knit stitches blows my mind (yes, this classifies as a ‘craft’)
- The insane knitting of Agata OIek makes me smile but also prompts me to ponder about the deeper message behind the work.
$8, closes February 8th ( near Chinatown/Verizon Center/Judiciary Square metro). Skinny Tip: Start by doing the Inaugural Ball tour or the historic building tour, grab coffee+pastry at the cafe, check out the gift shop, then hit the exhibitions.
Set aside your love/hate relationship with the car industry and politics to marvel at the ruins that now make up Detroit city. The large prints, first person narratives and the overwhelming proof of nature’s sheer force in this urban setting will not leave you unimpressed. The work of Camilo Jose Vergara and Andrew Moore is not to be missed. Anybody who fancies photography, design and urban adventures in particular will really dig this.
$10, exhibitions close January 27th, February 10th & 24th (near Farragut West metro). Skinny Tip: Sign up for ‘Namaste at Corcoran‘ in January and enjoy the exhibits after doing yoga in the museum. Cool, right? I did it, you should too!
9:00 am Saturday morning. 15 yoga mats are scattered under the marble arches of a museum that is still asleep, closed to visitors. The echo of a chanted ‘OM’ lingers in the grand hall between the exhibition space, the humid museum air envelopes the yogi in their individual, dedicated practice. You won’t find yoga like this anywhere else but at the Corcoran. Bonus: breakfast and admission to the exhibitions is included. Don’t miss these:
- Taryn Simon- A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII. Haunting stories of people, history, tradition, culture, war and peace are outlined through massive collections of individual portraits. The accompanying text make the people in the pictures come alive while casting a heavy shadow on the already expressionless faces. Make sure you take the time to read, explore and study each story.
- Ivan Sigal- White Road. Pictures that put a human face on the ‘stan’ countries that we so often ignore in the face of news coverage of the troops in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan. Don’t just look at the faces of the subjects- discover the barren and threatening land behind the people to get the full effect.
- Modern and Contemporary Art since 1945 Whimsical and almost silly works share space with colorful triangles and studies inspired by the Washington Color School. This is what makes art fun. To be ingested in small doses.