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I’ve said it before but one of my favorite museums in the National Mall is the Hirshhorn. It’s so unique and different from all the other museums. I mean, even looking at it from the outside you can tell it’s different. It’s a huge circular building with a big hole in the middle. It’s so cool.

I am so grateful that a couple of weeks ago I was invited to the sneak peek of the Rirkrit Tiravanija exhibit, Who’s Afraid of Red Yellow and Green. The best part was hearing from the artist himself.

The whole exhibition is sort of a mixed media of art. When you first enter the space, you’re surrounded by these projectors that I recognized from grade school. They’re reflecting images of protest against the Thai government and you’re encouraged, as the visitor, to grab a piece of black charcoal and help fill in the piece. By the end of the exhibition, they are assuming all the walls will just be blacked out. So it will be interesting to keep on visiting to check on the status of the walls.

If you visit anytime Thursday-Sunday, you will also be greeted by food from Beau Thai. I had the green curry and it was delicious and not too spicy. A little further into the next room will be documentaries of everyday life in Thailand.

The whole point of this exhibition is to break down barriers between the object and the specator. It’s fascinating how some food, art and an afternoon in the museum really makes you think about the media and how everything is perceived.

Go and let me know what you think! It’s open until July 24th.

My camera settings for this image is F4.5 at 1/100th sec and ISO 1600 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide angle lens.

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If you haven’t already, definitely, defnietly check out Pulse at the Hirshhorn in Washington DC. Besides Kusama, it has to be one of my favorite exhibits that I’ve seen in recent memory.

It’s sort of hard to explain because there are just so many different aspects to the exhibit, but basically it is centered around being human and your heartbeat. And to be honest, the Hirshhorn was the perfect place to exhibit this. I think the circular architecture of the building really added to the exhibit and made you look forward to the next room and what’s around the corner.

The image on top is of the first room you enter into. It’s a whole wall of fingerprints. At first it’s hard to tell what you’re looking at because of the variety of colors, but once you get a closer look it’s fascinating. The entire exhibit is dark so I thought it would be interesting capturing people walking past in a blurred motion.

LOL Here’s an image of me and my friend, Dave doing our best impression of E.T. in front of the fingerprint wall. I think my favorite part of this image is actually seeing Dave’s finger on the left hand side.

 

The last room of the exhibit is just lined with light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. At the end of the room is a stand with two electric hand holders where you’re supposed to wrap your hands around it and the lightbulbs in the room are going to flicker on and off based on your heart beat. It’s pretty cool to watch the patterns.

There is one room in between but unfortunately I did not capture any images from there. It’s similar to the last where there’s electric hand holders but you can watch your pulse as it travels through water. It’s pretty cool and you can see it in this video my friend, Andy of the exhibit.

So if you haven’t already, check it out Pulse at the Hirshhorn. You’ve got one more month to do so and you can read more information about it here on the Hirshhorn website. It’s definietly worth the experience.

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Whenever people ask me about places to photograph in Washington DC, I always have to ask follow up questions because there is just so much to see in our little city. If you wanted sunsets, visit the National Mall. If you want cool interiors, visit the Library of Congress. If you want to know my favorite museum? It’s is hands down the National Gallery of Art. I think it is one of the most beautiful spaces we have in the district. Every time I walk in, I feel so refreshed and so excited about what I’m going to see.

The gallery is so large that it is actually divided into two separate buildings and my favorite is definietly the east building. There you’ll see the more modern art, it’s the side of the gallery that changes out more often, but I also love the BEAUTIFUL light you get through the windows while you’re walking around the concourse. And of course, you can’t forget that NGA wall! It’s a staircase that is just so beautiful and minimal, it’s been photographed a million times. But each time I see an image from here, it’s like I forgot how beautiful it is and fall back in love.

And if you do get a chance to visit the gallery, don’t forget to check out Multiverse by Leo Villareal. It’s a moving walkway that sort of connects the East and the West but it’s will probably be the coolest moving walkway you’ve been on. NOTHING like what you see in airports. HAHA.

I really wish I could have included museums in Snap DC. This would have been the very first place I would have mentioned to go visit. I just can’t express how much I love the National Gallery of Art.

My settings for this image is F6.3 at 1/8th of a second at ISO 100 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide angle lens.