Art Exhibit

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


One of the best thing about living in the Nation's Capital is the accessibility to art. Free art and gallery exhibits are as abundant as politicians. Spending time at the Hirshhorn Museum is one of my favorite DC activities and I never tire of this gorgeous modern space. This past week I ventured downtown, mainly to take exterior shots, but figured it would be a waste if I didn't at least peek inside to see what was new. 

Downstairs the walls, floors, and escalators were covered in a text-wrapped vinyl. Enormous black, red, and white letters ensconced the space, creating an alphabet cocoon for visitors. Barbara Kruger's exhibit, Belief + Doubt, is a "long-term installation that will be on view through 2014 and explores themes of power, desire, money, and faith." The artist's objective is to "introduce doubt" and how that impacts certainty and reality in the viewers' mind. Some of my favorite quotes from this exhibit were: "Don't look down on anyone." "When was the last time you laughed?" and "You want it. You buy it. You forget it." 

Modern art speaks to me on a level that no other art form even comes close. I generally find myself lost in the nuances of meaning and complexity of thought that these exhibits evoke. This art form can often be controversial and isn't necessarily a favorite among the masses, which might be part of the draw. Regardless, I seek out modern artistic expression as a means of both defining and creating more questions about my own existence. 

"Whose Belief?" 
Open-ended questions. 
"Belief+Doubt=Sanity"
Colbert/ Stewart rally?

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