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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fashion: Arte Y Moda

The Kennedy Center recently hosted a festival of artistic performances called Artes de Cuba.

The performances celebrated Cuban art in many forms, including music, theater, film, dance, painting and fashion.  

We attended a performance on the Millennium Stage called Arte Y Moda (Art and Fashion).  It combined paintings by Cuban artists and fashions by Cuban and designers.  The event was staged as a fashion show and we had seats along the cat walk. 

Two things made the performance especially fascinating.  One is that each of the fashions was inspired by a painting.   An image of the painting was projected on the stage's backdrop, while the model walked or danced along the cat walk to display the costume.  

The other fascinating aspect was the source of the fashions presented on stage.  All of the clothing was made using recycled, repurposed found materials.  

You can imagine the fashion show was not your typical affair.  Rather than imagine, you can see for yourself.

Below are images of the original works of art and the fashions they inspired.     

And here some more photos of the fashions, all made with recycled materials.

One of the most interesting pairings of art and fashion is the one pictured below.

Below is the model with the fashion inspired by the Mendive painting.  

The model's skirt unfolded into an image of the painting.  Check it out.  

The finale of Arte Y Moda,with all of the models and designers on stage. 
We enjoyed the show.  You can see the entire show by clicking here

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Super Hero in D.C.?

Recently, we visited the Capitol Hill neighborhood.  While walking past the Capitol building, we spotted someone hanging from the side of the dome.  You can see for yourself below. 

We guessed the figure was the Amazing Spider-Man.  Who else could it be?

Who knows what Spidey was doing in D.C.--fighting crime or perhaps exploring a run for Congress.  

P.S.  A fun fact.  Greg is about the same age as Spider-Man, both debuted in 1962.  Who knew?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Museums: National Gallery of Art #9

The National Gallery of Art has an amazing collection of modern art.  We recently toured the gallery and viewed some great works. Check it out.  

Susan is the daughter, sister, sister-law and cousin of dentists.  So, she especially appreciated the work below by Jasper Johns. 

Greg was fascinated by the Magritte painting below.  The first glance is deceptive.  A closer look reveals Magritte's unique perspective.    

Thanks for viewing some more modern art with us.  

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Street Art in DC #2

Here in D.C., unlike in Florence, we have not seen a lot of street art.  

Part of the reason is geography.  In D.C., we live in the West End next to Foggy Bottom and Georgetown.  There is hardly any street art in this part of D.C. so we had to seek it out.  We finally found some a long way from our neighborhood.

The Fridge DC is a small gallery devoted to street art and graffiti.  The gallery is located in  Southeast D.C. near Capitol Hill in the Eastern Market neighborhood, an area that was once dangerous and is now trendy.   

The gallery is hosting a retrospective devoted to the art of NSF, a group of street and graffiti artists first active in D.C. 25 years ago.  NSF stands for Non Stop Fun and Never Show Faces.   

Home of The Fridge DC
We toured the gallery and snapped a few photos of the artwork.  Enjoy.

By NSF artist Cherock (2018)

Photograph by By NSF artist Gage (2018) (depicting an NSF mural painting project) 

By NSF artist Soviet (2018)

By NSF artist Curve (2018)
The painting above is an homage to Robert De Niro in the film Taxi Driver.  We suppose the painting is called "Are you lookin' at me?"  (We can only guess what Travis is holding behind his back.)

After visiting the gallery, we strolled through the surrounding neighborhood and spotted some outdoor murals, including the two pictured below.

The neighborhood was established long ago.  We spotted a vintage advertisement painted on the side of a building.  Check it out.

Thanks for viewing some D.C. street art with us.  

Friday, May 18, 2018

Everyday Life in D.C.

If you follow this blog regularly, then you see many posts about artwork, monuments and museums.

You might think we are so busy with visiting museums and the like that we don't have time for everyday things.  

Of course, we make time for everyday living.  We have to.  

A while back, Greg was getting pretty shaggy.  He needed a haircut.  

In a new town like NYC, Florence or D.C., finding a barbershop or a salon is filled with uncertainty.  "Will I get a good cut, or will I walk out looking like a sheered sheep?"

Greg had put off getting a haircut in D,C, for a few months and was looking bushy.  

So, he put aside his reluctance and found a traditional barbershop deep in Georgetown, not far from the university.  The barbershop was old school, established more than a century--with a wood floor and tin ceiling. 

The fates were kind that day.  Mr. Nguyen gave Greg a fine trim.  You can judge for yourself. 

Thanks for sharing an everyday experience with us.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Breaking News

Here is some breaking news.  

Pope Francis made an unannounced visit to Washington, D.C.  Susan had the good fortune to meet the Pope while touring the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception here in D.C.

Check it out!

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Watergate Pastry

It's time to take a trip in the Wayback Machine to Washington, D.C. in the late 1970's.

Long ago, Susan and her brother Sam both lived and worked in D.C. one hot summer.  Susan worked at NASA Headquarters while Sam worked at Strategic Planning Associates.

Sam discovered a pastry shop at the Watergate.  As a special treat, Sam would visit Watergate Pastry to purchase an inexpensive "end box".  Available only at day's end, an "end box" was a treasure trove of surprises.  It would contain the remnants of pastries that were broken (like eclairs) or sloppily cut (desserts that were sliced into pieces, like Napoleons).  Susan, like Sam, was very fond of the treats in an "end box" and they enjoyed their fair share that summer.

Fast forward to 2018.  Watergate Pastry can still be found at the Watergate.  The same family still owns the shop,and it's still serving delicious pastries.  Susan recently enjoyed a raspberry tart and Greg was transported by a delicious eclair, his favorite pastry from childhood.

Sadly, the shop stopped selling the mouthwatering "end boxes" more than 25 years ago.  Susan asked and was disappointed.  Not to worry.  We'll buy the confections in their unbroken condition.  The shop itself is going strong. Since the Watergate is within easy walking distance from our apartment, we will plan some return visits.

You are welcome to join us.