Slow Art

Check this event out! Sounds like a good way to experience the art.

April 16th
Free event you pay museum entry and your own lunch… Not bad.

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Boating Beauties

My two beautiful Louisiana girls enjoying a lovely day on the river.

Wish I was there





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Cuban Art On the Move

Look for Queloides an exhibition that focuses loosely around the issue of race in Cuba. Queloides refers to scars left on the skin from trauma. The exhibition was first shown in Havana, then Pittsburgh and will be opening in April in NYC ( 8th floor art space in Chelsea)

Below is a link to the Pittsburgh newspaper review, you can also read up about this exhibit in the ARTnews magazine

Rebellion is in the air. Whether in the cities of Africa and the Middle East, or within disparate communities of artists, people are examining the current status of human rights and finding it lacking.

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Cherry Bliss

Yes boys and girls it’s that time of year again for the National Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s beyond me why people travel from all over the country to herd under the cherry blossom trees on the national mall, but I thought I should get some shots before it’s impossible to get down there… so for all you smart people out there here are some shots from the mall.

traffic getting down to the mall


Purple & Gold

Night Bliss

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Anxiety on the Fault Line

Anxiety on the Fault Line

A new exhibition of 16 artists at Japan Society highlights recent Japanese works that reveal a mood of anxiety.

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NMAH… Taxpayers pay for bad lighting?

Let’s play the blame game…

The National Museum of American History has been criticized for its $85 million renovation that was completed in 2008, that some say was a failure. Though there are still debates whether the new renovations have improved the space or caused more problems there is definitely something to be said about the poor lighting throughout the museum. After a recent visit with lighting designer and specialist Charles Sthreshley, we found that the museum has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the lighting. One of the problems is the lighting design lay out. The other problem is the amount of different light bubbles(lamps) and fixtures used throughout the museum. With only one or two people on staff to keep up with the lighting and over 1,000 different lamps used, it is impossible to keep up with the entire museum, which is why you find in many exhibits the lights are out. But back to the design lay out, when you first enter the museum from Constitution Ave and take either a right or left to enter the exhibit spaces, you feel as though you have just stepped into an airport terminal. This is because of the fluorescent lights above which are enclosed in a covering that has to be removed by a contractor. So yes, you’ve got it, that means every time a light goes out they have to call in a company to remove the cover to change the lamps… great idea right!? Also, in this same space if you look up running along the walls you will find about 100 PAR lamps on either side that are turned off. Why are they off you say??? That’s because someone ordered all the wrong lamps which are around $7-15 a piece and to access the fixtures to change the lamps because of the placement of the fixtures means going into the ceiling… big ordeal not a quick fix.

So right there you can see just entering the museum thousands of dollars were wasted on poor planning.

Then once you are in the exhibitions, you will notice many fixtures are not aimed properly, many text panels and label are in the dark almost unreadable. There is a reason you start to feel tired and drained after being a in a museum. Some has to do with standing and walking, but a major factor is the lighting in the space. If the space is very dark with bright harsh lights and you have to strain to read you will become drained much faster than a place with proper lighting. It was very fascinating to walk through the museum with a professional and notice how poorly the spaces were lit and planned. When comparing it to a museum like the National Gallery of Art, who is known for having excellent lighting, it’s amazing how much better the artifacts look and how you feel when you are in the NGA exhibits.

So, next time you go to an exhibit think about the lighting around you, you will be astonished at how “good” lighting can change the whole experience for the visitor.

Below are the best and the worst from NMAH…

Ironically the exhibit Lighting A Revolution came in last place and the new Star-Spangled Banner exhibit receives first place!

Note: the Star-Spangled Banner exhibit is part of the renovation

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MOMA show

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