Oct 24, 2008

My DC - Week 35

Here's the post that I had intended for last Friday. I wanted to share a great day that I had the week before.

I am really fortunate that my office is just a 5 minute walk from The Renwick Gallery which is part of the Smithsonian system (which means it's free). I've walked by it many times but 2 weeks ago, on a gorgeous, sunny, Friday, I walked over to check it out. Wow, just wow!

I didn't get to see the whole museum that day because I got blown away by the exhibit of glass by Lino Tagliapietra. Click that link. Go ahead - I'll wait. You've just got to see that man's work. There are some artists whose work you see and feel inspired with "I could do that" feelings. Sure it would take a bit of practice but it seems within reach and given the right inspiration it's possible. Not Lino Tagliapietra. My overwhelming feeling as I toured the exhibit was "how does anyone do that?" His stuff is fantastic and you should absolutely see it if you can. (The exhibit runs through 1/11/09) I may even go see it again.

The museum itself is pretty fabulous. I can't wait to see the permanent collection. How can you not feel positively towards a place that proclaims itself "Dedicated To Art" so prominently? In the archway just under the proclamation are the stylized initials WWC which stand for William Wilson Corcoran. This was built as the original home for the Corcoran collection.

The Renwick
Check out the other details from the facade of the museum. I love the painter's palette but I'm not sure I get the corn cobs at the top of the columns.
I can't wait to go back again.

1 comment:

Carole Knits said...

Wow, that glass work really is incredible! I hope you get to go back and explore some more.