Saturday, January 14, 2017

That's One Big Blue Rooster

Where: National Gallery of Art

When: through January 22, 2017

So I finally had a chance to see the new and improved East Building of the National Gallery of Art this week.  There are now three towers; the original one is called Tower 3.  I mention this as I spent a lot of time walking around Towers 1 and 2 before finally asking a guard how to find the Barbara Kruger exhibit.  I wound up pretty much back where I started, so I made notes in my trusty journal about how to get up there from the Concourse.

On my way, I went out on to the rooftop garden, which I think will be lovely in the warmer months, and saw the pictured statue.  If you're looking for a big, blue rooster, you can't do better than this.

I really enjoyed my time with the Kruger pieces, once I found them.  They are very large photographs of images she's found in popular magazines or in advertising, with her own text superimposed.  My favorite was one of two children: a boy flexing his muscles and a girl looking on admiringly.  The caption?  "We don't need another hero."  Amen to that, Barbara.  Amen to that.

So it's been a surprising couple of weeks: first I loved something I saw at the Hirshhorn, and now I thought the trek up to the Tower at the National Gallery was worth the trip.  Will wonders never cease?

Verdict: Go see these commentaries on modern society; the cardio workout up the spiral staircase is not the only attraction.

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