Living in the DC Metro area, I can’t really say I take the vast art scene the city has to offer for granted, simply because I have yet to experience much of it. My time has been spent on work and a 2.5 hour daily train ride. The architectures that would typically whoa a tourist simply become obstacles in my commute, rushing to the subway.
This past weekend my friend Charlie, and his wife, Laura visited me from North Carolina. Playing the host/tour guide for them allowed me to experience the city a bit. The highlights were the visits to some of the museums. My favorite was the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Modern Art Museum. I’d like to share with my readers some photos from two exhibitions, the Panza Collection and Strange Bodies.
“Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo is one of the world’s foremost collectors of American and European contemporary art. The Hirshhorn recently acquired thirty-nine works from Dr. Panza’s collection, all of which are on view this fall. As a group, the pieces provide an overview of the critical premises driving Conceptual, Light and Space, Minimal, and Environmental art. Created in the late 1960s and early 1970s by an international roster of artists, the works shed light on an era when many artists began to reject traditional media and aesthetic concerns. Instead, they redefined art in a broader range, from Conceptual works that favored ideas over the creation of unique objects to large-scale installations that challenge prevalent notions about the boundaries between an artwork and the surrounding environment.”
“An important strength of the Hirshhorn Museum is its holdings in figurative art. Strange Bodies brings together some of the most praised and popular examples of figuration from the collection to show how expressionistic and surrealistic impulses toward human representation have evolved from the early and mid-twentieth century to recent decades. The tension between the enthusiastic response that figuration often receives from general audiences and the loaded, at times dark content it can carry is also explored. Moreover, the installation allows an assessment of past collection building.”