OUT & ABOUT: HIRSHHORN MUSEUM

img_3027my “out & about” series is all about the dmv. i’ve lived here my entire life, and the one thing i can promise you is that there’s always something to do. from maryland to d.c. to virginia, there’s something for you. so whether you live here too, or you’re just visiting “out & about” is your new personal tour guide.

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now, what did i tell you in the last post? the smithsonian area is a dc gem. there’s so much to do that by time you’ve done it all, there’s something new for you to see so you have to start all over again. dc is home to a few FREE art museums. art museums feel like home to me. i go just to stare & appreciate the work put into each piece. the colors, the materials, the structure, the variety of it all – it captivates me & warms my heart. i’m not one of the people who want to look & dissect every piece. i just want to admire it in the moment & let it inspire me to create my own art, ya know?

imgp2513one of my favorite places to go downtown is the hirshhorn museum. if you live here, i feel like you’re supposed to know this place. and if you don’t, here is your introduction to it.┬áthe hirshhorn is easy to find, as it’s this large circle in the middle of the city. you’ll spot some of the art from a block away, with the sculptures outside in the plaza. the hirshhorn is home to contemporary art exhibits that last for a season or two. one of the most known & appreciated pieces is barbara kreuger’s belief + doubt exhibit that lines the walls & floors of the basement. i’m sure you’ve seen the photos! one of the most popular exhibits at the moment is rafael lozano-hemmer: pulse – it’s an interactive exhibit that mixes art & technology to create a captivating experience for visitors. kids & adults alike will enjoy the magic of it all. but if you’re more like me, one who is drawn to colors & composition, maybe you’ll find charline von heyl: snake eyes to be the star of the show. these painting stole my heart.

there’s more exhibits to check out, and even more coming in the next few months. so what are you waiting for?

OUT & ABOUT: SCULPTURE GARDEN

 

bc6c8104-5135-4a69-a286-471c5f63b99byou can always count on d.c. to make winter really feel like winter, ya know? cue “winter things” by ariana grande. there’s christmas decorations all over. just before christmas, it’s the perfect winter wonderland. there’s almost always snowfall before winter even officially starts. specialty cocoas at all the cafes, and the best ones have fireplaces that you can cozy up to. most importanly, there’s an outdoor ice skating rink in the middle of d.c.!

 

 

Processed with VSCO with fr4 presetif you’re from the area, you know down by the capitol is one of the most popular areas to hang out. there’s museums, gardens, monuments, food trucks, and more. you see so much & have the opportunity to learn a lot just by taking a trip down to the smithsonian area. and for the most part everthing is extremely affordable (most of them being free), so an exciting adventure won’t cost you much.

 

 

Processed with VSCO with fr4 presetthis particular adventure will only cost you $13 ($9 if you already have your own skates). ┬áthe sculpture garden’s ice skating rink is dc tradition. if you talk to the right people, you’ll hear the generational stories of folks taking their kids downtown to go ice skating. it really is a good time. pros & amateurs alike will make their way out to the rink for some fun. you get to skate around (or fall flat on your ass) for about 2 hours. there’s 15 minute intermissions every 45 minutes so they can refresh the ice. that gives you just enought time to check out the cute cafe right behind the rink. grab a cocoa to warm you up & keep you in the holiday cheer! 42aac6b4-a938-47bf-8771-449c5b1f2a26

i dragged my best friend, nadia, with me to embarrass ourselves on the ice. so go drag yours and see how long you can go without falling. it’s in business all season, until march 10, 2019 .