Starry Starry Night

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Aug 12, 2008


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday morning in DC.  We chose to sleep in after a long day yesterday and we didn't want to fight the rush hour traffic into the city.  Our plan was to go to the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art and possibly the Art and Industry building.  We were preparing for the day when Rusty had another meltdown that continued on.  It became abundantly clear that we could not take him to the Museum, so Ellen and Audrey went into town without the boys.  Rusty profusely protested, but that is exactly what happened. Rusty was completely bored out of his mind for most of the day, but decided to whittle a branch he had found, mimicking one of the colonial actors from Williamsburg.

The girls, on the other hand, had a lovely time walking the halls of the East and West wings of the Museum.  Did you know you can bring any bag into the museum other than a backpack.  A purse that is the same size or bigger is okay as well as the new style backpacks that have strings you sling over the shoulders.  So when you check your backpack you have to remove the following items; wallet, cameras, cell phones, any other items you might want that afternoon or other electronics.  

Audrey was complaining about how hungry she was, so off to eat first.  She couldn't help but think about leaving Rusty back home.  She wanted to buy him something...I wanted the bag to put all of our goods in.  Yes, I could walk through the museum with a large bag, but not my backpack.  Anyway, we got him an eraser and small sketch book.

We wondered the halls viewing current exhibitions from Richard Misrach: On the Beach (photos with a birds-eye view of various beach scenes).  Hmmmmmm.  Why didn't I think of that.  We all have these pictures that we have taken at the beach, why does he get the fame and fortune for making over sized prints of them?  These photographs were taken around the time of 9/11 and are supposed speak of the unease and sense of foreboding that pervaded the country after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. We didn't get that sense at all, it looked to me like a bunch a pictures I had just uploaded to my blog.  We also encountered Martin Puryear who has created a distinctive body of sculpture that defies categorization. That is for aure.  His work explores natural forms and materials, especially a wide variety of woods, and it engages issues of history, culture, and identity.  And once again, we looked at some of these pieces and wondered why it was considered art.

Audrey and Ellen wondered the halls and stood in amazement of the beautiful paintings and sculptures as well as in astonishment of how one can call certain pieces art.  Really, if splattering paint onto a canvas qualifies to hang in the Smithsonian, we are all talented masters!  Audrey was befuddled.  Audrey also was able to pick out various artists she had studied and knew pretty well and was quiet impressive.  Ellen got in trouble for taking a picture of Audrey next to the self portrait of Vangogh.  No, not for taking a picture as that is allowed, but having Audrey too close to the painting.  Audrey's camera battery had died, so she had Ellen taking a picture of every painting she knew.  Quiet a few.

After making it through every floor and every hall we decided to return home but not before we made a stop to buy a key chain.  When we returned home Clark had made pocket stew for dinner.  We all enjoyed it and went swimming  before they closed the pool for the night. 
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