June 5th, 2011

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Poem for Sunday and DC Museums

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The weather continued to be gorgeous in the DC area on Saturday, so after lunch we went downtown. We wanted to see the National Building Museum's Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition, which has Lego versions of various skyscrapers, the White House, Fallingwater, and the St. Louis Gateway Arch, plus the fabulous Designing Tomorrow exhibit about America’s World's Fairs of the 1930s, which has building models and original sketches, plus souvenirs of the fairs and items like the televisions and robots that were considered to be cutting-edge design when they debuted. When my family visited the World's Fair in Vancouver in 1986, I was surprised at how commercial and corporate so many of the exhibitions seemed, so it was interesting to see how invested major American corporations have always been in advertising and promoting themselves in World's Fairs (the only one with which I am intimately familiar is the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago because it stood very near where we lived in Hyde Park on the 100th anniversary, so we took several tours).

Despite the vocal protests of Adam, we then went to the National Gallery of Art's Gauguin exhibit on tour from the Tate Modern, which leaves town tomorrow. I am not a big fan of Gauguin and his fantasies of Tahitian paradises untouched by any colonialists besides himself, despite appreciating his use of color and the merger of European and Maori legends in his Garden of Eden paintings. Seeing it with Adam, however, made it a much more enjoyable experience, as he had an explanation for why every major painting was crap and how Gauguin's ego in the quotes around the exhibit were unbearably egotistical. We got ice cream to make up to him for having been subjected to an art museum, then came home for dinner, the flabbergasting mediocrity that is this season's Doctor Who (my new thought is that every single character is a pod person, excuse me, a ganger, and maybe the real ones will return someday along with RTD), and the ongoing silliness of Camelot (where younger son and I both agree that Morgan should overthrow Arthur and take over both the kingdom and the show because Arthur is useless while Morgan is treating the common people fairly even if it is for her own selfish reasons).

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