Springtime in Washington

It almost goes without saying, but my favorite show in DC right now is Doug Aitken’s projected video on the outside of the Hirshhorn Museum & Scultpure Garden. “SONG 1” uses powerful video projectors to cast the video around the entire museum and allows visitors to see the first-ever work of 360-degree convex-screen cinema. I got to see it on a warm starry night but have a feeling I would have like it in the rain or even in snow – it really is wonderful. If you are in Washington before May 13th, make sure you spend half an hour to check it out one evening.

The rest of the trip also had a lot of great art – here are my top 10:

  1. Doug Aitken “SONG 1” at the Hirshhorn Museum & Scultpure Garden
  2. “Circle of Animals Zodiac Heads” by Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn Museum & Scultpure Garden
  3. “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard” at the Phillips Collection
  4. “Home is a Foreign Place”, a suite of 6 of the woodcuts by Zarina Hashmi at Burton Marinkovich
  5. “Domestic Exchange” by Wilmer Wilson IV at Conner Contemporary
  6. “Suprasensorial” at the Hirshhorn Museum & Scultpure Garden
  7. In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio at the National Portrait Gallery
  8. The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders at the National Portrait Gallery 
  9. Paintings by Kathy Beynette at Gallery Plan B
  10. “Pilgrimage” by Annie Leibovitz at Smithsonian American Art Museum

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