It's a little windy out there, but Washington Weekend is staying on course.
I just got back from the Henry Art Gallery, where four amazingly different exhibits are on display: Dawn Cerny's "We're all going to die (except for you)", Josiah McElheny's "The Last Scattering Surface", Kader Attia's "New Work", and a stunning photography display by Jean-Luc Mylane.
Cerny's art was dark, but that's no surprise considering it focuses on American attitudes towards death, trauma and war past and present. McElheny's exhibit was highlighted by a brilliant chandelier that reminded me at once of Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Mylane's photography was majestic and pure and real and everything in between.
Kader Attia, though, flat-out stole the show. It's hard to put into words just how neat his work really was. Very, very impressive. Each piece could be viewed from multiple angles, and each angle gave the piece a radically different vibe. What was it all about, you ask? Well, let's just say Attia used 136 rolls of aluminum foil to create 199 kneeling figures. Unbelievable. Oh, and then there's his 5-minute video entitled "Sugar & Oil" in which he douses a monster block of sugar cubes with a bucketload of oil. Crazy stuff. And oddly inspiring.
The Henry Art Gallery is well worth the trip, but that's just one nugget of Washington Weekend. There's so much more to explore here. Where will you be?
Click on the title of this post to visit the Henry Art Gallery's website.