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City ducks

March 28, 2008

Enjoying the spring sunshine and free entertainment of our nations capital while not celebrating Easter (although we did eat some M & M’s) we experienced many unique things at the Smithsonian museums. Starting at the Hirshhorn, our absolute favorite museum ever, we walk trepidatiously through the Cinematic Dreams exhibit. I can’t really describe the show but it is curated so completely perfectly that if you have never known what a curator really does, you will see the finest example at this show. My favorite was the hanging doll head type thing with the face of someone who looks and sounds like David Bowie projected onto the pillow like head and it spoke to you. In the dark. Creepy and interesting. The room was occasionally filled with some naked people and body parts but we just walked through briskly and told the ankle biters there is nothing that interesting about naked people and we moved on. Brilliant show. Just perfect and it is worth the drive to see. Film is one of the most intriguing mediums in art and there are a few people who do it as art but too often we are inundated with crap movies so it can be confusing and disheartening. The modern film piece I enjoyed the most was from Christoph Girardet, Release, 1996.

We also watched a film about a kinetic sculpture that catches stuff on fire, drips water and moves sudsy black water slug around the floor and wooden trays as a trail of domino like objects such as tires,chairs, bottles and buckets rigged by levers and ignition cord for dynamite fall and fire in slow steady progression. It was the coolest thing ever and I can’t find info on it to link to it. The Hirshhorn doesn’t have it listed. But you should go and watch it.

While the art, meteors and stuffed mammals were really cool the neatest thing we saw was a mama duck lay an egg in the modern outdoor sculpture garden. Her babyduck-daddy waited for her and after she finished covering her greengrayblue egg they waddled off together down the path to the fountain. We passed a security guard and we told him excitedly that we saw a duck lay an egg and he laughed and said, “Yea, that happens this time of year. But you want to mind  yourself when those babies hatch because those ducks will try to get you down if you come near them. My buddy who works on the other side of the Mall got chased down but some ducks. You got to be watching yourself with those city ducks. They will take you out!”

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  1. March 29, 2008 4:14 pm

    Dude…I LOVE THAT KINETIC SCULPTURE. Totally miss the Hirshhorn, ’cause, as you know, they don’t have that in Iowa. Sigh.

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