Day 229 Six-Mile Culture

July 26, 2015

(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day’s gift.)

There’s something about riding a train that stirs a sense of adventure, even if it is only to D.C. With a free rewards hotel room about to expire, David was inspired to book a room at the historic Willard Intercontinental in D.C.  Sunday morning we parked at the free lot in Odenton, took a MARC train to D.C. and navigated our way through a confusing Metro system to arrive at the hotel where we left our backpacks and explored some places we had not visited yet.

Before the end of the day, we had walked more than six miles in 90 degree, humid weather. We headed toward the National Museum of the American Indian. En route and eager to experience some air conditioning, we stopped at the Hirshhorn where there was a special exhibit, Shirin Neshat: Facing History.  I was especially fascinated by the way she combined Farsi script superimposed on faces and feet to tell her narrative. Through still photography and film, Neshat artistically examines power and identity, often focusing on women’s role in these dynamics. 

By the time we braved the sun again and arrived at the Indian museum, my stamina was sapped and I’m afraid I was unable to truly appreciate it. Two things, however, stand out in my mind. First was a film presentation where, at the same time, images were projected onto a fabric screen, the ceiling and a rock in the middle of the room. It submerged the viewer in an appreciation for the connection of Native Americans with nature. As we left the museum, we looked at several outdoor sculptures created entirely out of natural materials, much of it clay. Artist Nora Naranjo-Morse intended for the work, Always Becoming, to erode over time to reflect transformation. 

My gift today is a continuing becoming.

Links to artists:

> Day 230: Ephemeral

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