Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Crowd in the Library!

Where: National Gallery of Art, East Building

When: through April 14, 2017

For the first time ever, I encountered other people when I went to see an exhibit at the National Gallery Library.  Perhaps that was because the subject was Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who are/were far better known than most of the subjects of these exhibits, or perhaps this was a group of very thorough visitors, determined to see everything the National Gallery had to offer.  Whatever the reason, I'm glad I'm not the only one coming to see these displays; I have some experience with putting this sort of thing up, and it's quite disheartening when no one looks at the fruits of your labor.

Speaking of putting things up, that was the focus of the photographs.  Wrapping enormous things takes a lot of work, and wind damage can destroy everything in a few hours.  Whether you like these installations or not (and I can take them or leave them alone), you have to admire the resiliency that allows them to put in weeks of work, watch it get blown away in the storm and start over again.

Verdict: If you like having a look behind the curtain (no pun intended), this was worth stopping in to see.

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