Today, we went to Washington DC to check out some art. The first thing we did was listen to Charles Ritchie talk about being a curator of prints and drawings for the National Portrait Gallery. It was really awesome. We got to see lots of pieces that are not on display and it introduced us to a lot of new artists and processes, especially involving printmaking. There was a really impressive closeness and exclusivity because we got to see the pieces so closely and there was really nothing between us and drawings and prints by people like Winslow Homer and Mary Cassat. I also really liked the Rauschenberg self portrait we got to look at.
We ate in Chinatown and then went to the Hirshorn. There were a lot of video pieces that we got to see. I am not a huge video person and lots of the videos were designed to be meditative and reflective, or about time. I did not love all of them because some of them seemed to be more exploratory rather than engaging which I think video work needs to be, but some pieces were really incredible. We watched a piece called Staging Silence for a solid 15 minutes, which is a really long time. The piece was hands moving things around and manipulating little items to create scenes. The music and the simplicity of the piece was really interesting. I think we all could have just sat and watched that piece for a really long time. There was constantly something going on and something to watch, which I think is sometimes lacking in video pieces. The Hirshorn also had some really great 2-d pieces that I liked. I wish we could have seen more modern art, maybe at the National Portrait Gallery, but overall, it was a pretty cool day.
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