2017 Congressional Baseball Game

IMG_0224[1]This was our second year going to the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, and as I’m sure you know from the news, this year was a bit different.

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Turquoise Mountain at the Sackler Gallery

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From time to time NGA will offer “field trips” to other federal museums to give employees an opportunity to support fellow institutions and see what peers are doing. This most recent trip was across the Mall to the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art. As with many collecting institutions, photography is limited, but I was able to get a few photos of Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

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U.S Naval Academy and a bit of Annapolis

IMG_2970Spring has been busy! In April we were treated to a visit from family, and spent a few days taking in D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis. Quite often when Frank and I have a day in Annapolis we usually spend an hour walking the grounds of the United States Naval Academy. The campus and buildings are impressive and it’s a chance to learn a little U.S. history. Certainly a visit is always worthwhile whenever family is in town.

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Cherry Blossoms and Ducky Love

We had some cold and rainy weather a few days in D.C., but the ducks seem to enjoy it. The Capitol Reflecting Pool often plays host to ducks and seagulls enjoying a swim and hoping to get a snack from human friends. However on a recent walk across the Mall I noticed that spring is certainly in the air, because nearly all the ducks were paired up! A quick internet search informed me that we are currently in “nesting season.” So soon these mama ducks will be laying their eggs, which will hatch in about a few weeks. I’m hoping to see some fuzzy duckies at the pool, however I imagine the actual nesting sites will be somewhere remote and marshy, like the Aquatic Gardens.

Parts of the Mall were quite soggy, but the ducks were taking advantage of the newly formed puddles. Here’s a pair that might be having a lovers’ quarrel, and you can see more ducky couples in the background. To the back left is the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

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Infinity Mirrors, Twinkle Lights, and Pumpkins

This morning I had the opportunity to visit the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, one of the Smithsonian art museums beside the National Mall. Currently on view at the Hirshhorn is Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, an exhibition celebrating the sixty-five year career of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The exhibit features various Kusama sculptures in-the-round, paintings, and light displays, but visitors mainly go to experience the Infinity Mirror Rooms. These small rooms are filled with LED lights and mirrors, and visitors are allowed to enter by themselves. Once the door is closed behind you, the dark, glittering reflection creates the illusion that the space goes on for, well, infinity. You’re only allowed to be in each room for about 15 seconds or so, but that’s just enough time to snap a unique photo and take a moment to enjoy the space.

I was able to enter all six of the Infinity Mirror Rooms on display at the Hirshhorn, which is the most ever to be shown together! It was such a surreal experience and I can see why so many visitors have waited hours to see this popular show. Here are a few images from the exhibit.

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