Sunday, February 3, 2013

All kinds of art

For her final weekend in DC, Anuenue spent the afternoon on the Mall and then went to a dance performance at the Kennedy Center.

First, she checked out the Hirshhorn art museum. There is an outdoor sculpture garden and a few sculptures scattered around in front of the museum. "Needle Tower" is held together only by wires in tension, and is very tall.

If you walk underneath the sculpture and look up, it looks like a pattern of stars!

On the top floor of the museum is a lounge with a great view of the Mall. You can look out and see the American History and Natural History museums to the west....

 ....and Archives, the National Gallery of Art, and the Capitol to the east.

These fun sculptures of plants were made in the 1920s.

This weekend, there was a large exhibit at the Hirshhorn of work by Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist and political activist. This giant sparkly cube was made from crystals on wires.

This sculpture was made from stools. Many works were made from reclaimed objects and materials.

 A giant pile of crabs...

 This huge river of metal rods is made from rebar from schools that collapsed in China during the large earthquake in 2008.

After dinner, Anuenue headed over to the Kennedy Center.

There is a giant and somewhat creepy bust of John F. Kennedy in the main hall....

And lots and lots of chandeliers. Photos are not allowed in the theater, but Anuenue saw a performance of traditional Chinese dance in the Opera House!

On the way out, she walked through the Hall of Flags