We started out wanting to go to the Air and Space Museum but the line was already pretty long so we decided to see the American Indian Museum next door instead. It had the history of the North and South American Indians along with many artifacts. For lunch we stopped in the cafe in the museum. It had foods themed on the foods of each Indian nation. Ok I had a buffalo burger and Shawna and Betty had a Chimichanga so not what most would think of as traditional foods. Still it was good food.
After lunch there went back by the Air and Space Museum but the line was even longer than it had been in the morning. We decided to to to the next museum down the street. It should have been a dead give away what type of museum it was by the “art work” out front. It was a car that had been crushed by a bolder. Once inside things did not improve.
Just to be clear I define Art as something that requires a talent that I don't have in creating something as Art. I don't have to like it or what it portrays but it does need to be something that requires some talent. There were several real art pieces inside but some were obviously con-artists instead of real artists who fooled someone into taking their “art”.
Here are a couple of examples:
A black paper rock that filled a room so much you had to walk single file to go around it.
A video of a patio where people on the second story of surrounding buildings throw potted plants into the center. What does killing a bunch of plants have to do with art?
A wall painted black with a small white circle in the center.
Three panty hose tiled together streached across in the corner of the room.
I can not even begin to describe some of the “art”. Anyway we got out and took off to the real art gallery across the Mall.
The National Gallery of Art was great. Art work from all around the world and some very famous pieces. Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Panini, Rubens, Rembrandt, and enough other great artists that I did not know to fill a page. We did not even get to the sculpture and drawings floor. Almost every painting was just hanging on the wall. Nothing not even glass in the frame to keep you from getting your nose right up to the paintings. They did have a guard in almost every room and a lot of very discreet security cameras.
For those interested in how much we are walking. We walked 10,901 steps today.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...