This museum, not part of the Smithsonian, we visited with my college bud Linda. There was an artist books exhibit I was longing to see, pics in the gallery below. Truly outstanding along with portraiture from women artists in the 1600-1700s and a modern art floor of the fifties New York artists like Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, etc.
The National Museum of the American Indian highlighted tribes all across the Americas from Canada to the tip of South America. The museum reminded me of a mesa plateau in the southwest, quite lovely and there was a day of Peruvian dancing and music in the pavilion just outside the door. We spent a whole day here and couldn’t even begin to touch the tremendous knowledge of the native peoples here. Each tribal area had video stories which were quite moving, none more so than the Mohawk ironworkers in NYC – those high steel fellows who often gave their lives during construction of New York cities buildings and bridges but also went into help on 9/11 as many of them had built the World Trade Center. The video brought tears to my eyes. This is a museum one could spend a week in a not cover it all.
The gallery below highlights the castle garden which is the info center for the Smithsonian and one of the oldest buildings, if not the oldest building. There are a few shots of the Capitol and surrounding grounds. The large stone statue inside the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art is a Noguchi, for those of you familiar with his work. We couldn’t take any pictures inside the Miro exhibit but there were 250+ works. It was amazing. I could go on and on but I will let the photos speak for themselves. Hope you enjoy.