Even though we had an Unexpected House Guest and a busy week of work and after-work activities, we still managed to have a lot of holiday fun.
I was in and out of an off-site training all week (facilitating, not attending, at least) but I snuck out to the Corcoran next to the venue and saw the newest exhibits. Several of them were super disturbing (see “Duck Duck Noose” and Strange Fruit); others were quirky, like Are We There Yet? which showed an astronaut face down on a bed surrounded by all the canned goods necessary for a long space voyage. Oddly, there isn’t any info on “Duck Duck Noose” on the museum website, hence no link here. I commented to one of the staff that I feel for the security guards who have to look at that all day and he told me that the guards were trained on how to deal with the piece and any questions that arose.
Last Saturday we finally ventured to National Harbor, which seemed really generic and lifeless compared to historic neighborhoods like Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria. And it was cold.
We ate at Ketchup which featured a lot of adorable art work.
The Peeps store!
“The Awakening” statue was subjected to various indignities.
Sunday afternoon we had brunch with MoBob’s work friends and then attended the US Navy Military Band Holiday Concert. I’d been to the DAR Museum but not the concert hall (where my grad school graduation took place in fact – I was already in Nairobi). Strangely there wasn’t an MC though there were short vignettes between themes. The international portion was represented by lovely renditions of "Betelehemu" and "Ocho Kandelikas."
I was curious and googled "Duck Duck Noose": http://www.rfc.museum/browse-the-collection/256-gary-simmons (third one down).
That's definitely disturbing, so I'm guessing that's it.