This year I think I enjoyed the National Gallery more than I ever had. A freshman-year Jordan would easily say that her favorite museum was the Hirshorn, because of cool light installations and interactive pieces, but this year I really appreciated the sheer scale of the National Gallery, which hosts everything from the famous portraits of George Washington to the works of John Baldessari. It's impossible to become bored because each room can be so strikingly different from the next.
In addition to the "Danny Devito Jesus" painting alluded to by an extroverted security guard, my favorite pieces in the National Gallery were a couple of landscapes by Paul Cezzane, an exhbit of the works of Thomas Cole, and sculture of the figure "justice". Sketeces of many of these are included in my sketchbook entry.
Our next and final stop was the Hirshorn. Though our group spent the majority of our time in the Surrealist Sculpture exhibit, my favorite piece was the 6 part stop motion exorcism stop motion animation movie by Sergio Caballero (a better explanation provided here: http://hirshhorn.si.edu/collection/baby-kamp/#detail=/bio/sergio-caballero/). As bizarre as it was, I hate to admit that I can’t stop thinking about it.
Bed of Roses, 1962
made me think of the "zip" paintings by Barnett Newman.