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D.C. Series: Hirshhorn Museum

January 14, 2017
The Hirshhorn Museum ended up being a home base for me during my first day in Washington, D.C. (they have luggage lockers and I couldn't check into my room until later in the afternoon). I have to admit, I don't normally enjoy modern/contemporary art, but the exhibits at this museum were surprisingly playful and fun to look at!

There were two art installations that I really loved: Barbara Kruger's Belief + Doubt and Ragnar Kjartansson's Woman in E. The first photo that you see above is part of the Belief + Doubt exhibit. When I arrived at the museum, I had to take an escalator to the lower level to get to the locker area. As I descended, I could see that every inch of floor and wall downstairs was covered in writing! And the text was especially interesting to read. Seriously, when WAS the last time you laughed?

Woman in E was a nice surprise as well. As I was walking through the museum, I kept hearing somebody play the same guitar chord once every 30 seconds or so. When I finally got to the room that the sound was coming from, I found a woman dressed in gold, completely surrounded by gold (streamers). Here's part of the description: "E-minor is a universal chord of melancholy, one particularly suited to expressions of wistfulness and brooding lovesickness. An E-minor chord rings out in endless repetition from within a dazzling tinseled environment, its performer rotating slowly like an idol upon her pedestal."

Check out my photos from both of these exhibits (and more!) below:









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D.C. Series: Four Score

January 8, 2017
On my fourth day in D.C. I decided to wake up early and head over to the Lincoln Memorial before all of the crowds showed up. That was definitely one of the coldest days I've ever experienced! It was so cold the night before that the reflecting pool froze over! What was fun though, was that a couple of people were breaking off chunks of ice and skipping them across the pool. The ice on ice created a really pretty wind chime sound! 









D.C. Series: Library of Congress

January 3, 2017
I just got back from Washington, D.C. a couple of days ago and I can't wait to post all of my photos from the trip! First up is the Library of Congress because it was definitely one of the highlights of the National Mall for me. There's so much Greek/Roman influence in the architecture (I was a Classics major in college, so this stuff is right up my alley haha). You can really see it in all of the facades and columns. There's even some text on the walls that use neoclassical Latin spelling (v's instead of u's).

As an added bonus, the Library of Congress is connected to the Capitol Building through a tunnel! I was able to just walk on over instead of having to stand in another long line. Expect more photos of that building and more in the near future!