museums: a cool tranquil color
I haven’t been to the Textile Museum in a long while. The last time I was there was to see an exhibit of African/-American quilts with an ex. It was pretty spontaneous, as I never even knew it existed before. Like many other museums and galleries that people don’t really know about, it’s right off Dupont Circle.
My shenanigans at the SSA kept me there until after 10am, which made it perfect for the museum opening time. With the temps slowly rising, an escape into air-conditioned museum comfort was just what the doctor ordered. I have to say that I love using the maps application on the iPhone with the improved location abilities. Even without GPS, my phone was able to track me fairly well and show me exactly where to go. After living in DC for over 10 years, I’d love to say that this is completely unnecessary, but my worst thing is getting off the bus or metro near my destination and walking in the opposite direction from where I need to be. With the phone, so long as I remember which way north is (yes, I am that bad sometimes) I’m good.
The exhibit I really wanted to see was BLUE–
BLUE explores the creation and meaning of the color blue on textiles produced across time and place, with particular emphasis on contemporary artists’ use of natural indigo dyes.
–and it was really nice, especially the larger installations, but like many exhibits at the Textile Museum, it felt too small. 🙁 I love going, and visiting the grounds are wonderful, but it’s really hard to spend much longer than 45 minutes or so when you’re on your own.
I don’t have any firm plans for the rest of the week yet, but I imagine I’ll find myself in and out of some Institutions at the very least. 😉