Buon Anno a tutti!
I thought I’d take a short break from food posts to share some photos from a recent day trip I took to DC with my husband. I say “day trip” even though I live less than 10 miles from the city because I don’t get there as often as I like, or should. I tend to stay in my little “holler,” as I call it, working in the kitchen or at the computer. Every so often, though, I crave a trip to a museum or gallery ~ the way I sometimes crave braised greens or a nice dish of pasta. I just need to go.
The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, near the White House, recently reopened after a two-year renovation and I’ve been wanting to see the featured exhibition. It’s called WONDER. Nine contemporary artists explore the theme through large-scale installations using materials from tropical bugs to discarded tires.
Wonder is a word that comes up a lot, especially during the holidays (star of wonder, winter wonderland), but sometimes I feel like we people pay less and less attention to it in our daily lives. I know I do.
A museum or gallery is the perfect place to rekindle that feeling of awe and I found it at the Renwick. The works of these nine artists are extraordinary. One, John Grade, made a plaster cast of a hemlock tree and then recreated it (hanging horizontally, suspended, in a gallery room) using thousands of tiny pieces of hand-carved reclaimed cedar. The architect and artist Maya Lin recreated the contours of the Chesapeake Bay from marbles. My pics don’t do the works justice (and I didn’t capture all nine). You can view the works online. But If you happen to be in or near DC any time before May 8 be sure to go.
Wishing you all a wonderful ~ as in full of wonder ~ 2016.