Saturday, January 14, 2017
That's One Big Blue Rooster
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.