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Celebrating the Creative(s) Among Us

by Borderstan.com May 18, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

From Candida Mannozzi. You can reach her at candida[AT]borderstan.com.

Borderstan, I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a lot of creative and visual expression in our area (and in the city, at large). Perhaps the spring weather encourages our creative neighbors and friends to display their activities outdoors and open their workspaces to the public. Certainly, the larger art institutions seem to plan numerous outdoor events and happenings for the season.

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Creativity is all around the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

One such event is the film projection onto the outer walls of the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the Mall. Created by Doug Aitken, “Song 1” (showing through May 20th) is a 360-degree film projection from multiple cameras, covering the entire surface of the circular walls of the Museum.

The soundtrack to “Song 1” is part of a verse from “I Only Have Eyes for You” (written and composed by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, 1934 ) and interpreted by various actors on screen … to varying degrees of success. The excerpted verse is looped over and over, as the images flow. Make sure you bring your own music with you, in iPod form, so you can dispel the “it’s stuck in my head for the rest of the night” effect when you leave!

Still, seeing the entire building come alive with moving images is truly something you ought not to miss. Projections start at 8pm (or right around sunset), and the movie plays on a loop throughout the evening.

Go on a date (or with friends), bring your pets or go on your own… but GO! Mostly I enjoyed switching my gaze from the enormous images on the museum walls to the “zoomed out” version that included the entire Hirschhorn with the surrounding darkening sky, or the nearby Washington Monument, or other items in my line of sight, taking in the entire spectacle in its larger context. Don’t miss walking all the way around the Museum to see the projection from as many different angles available.

Another celebration of creativity is this upcoming weekend’s 10th Mid City Artists (MCA) Open Studios in our very own ‘hood! Of the almost 40 member-artists, more than one-half are opening their studios to the public, allowing glimpses into their creative spaces, their current works-in-progress and their previous collections.

I say we wear our neighborhood pride on our sleeves this weekend! Let’s visit as many of our creative (and courageous) neighbors as possible, celebrating the variety, imagination, humor, insight and talent these artists bring to our ‘hood. From Florida Avenue and W, all the way to 10th and N Streets NW, it won’t be hard to pop-in to a handful of studios this Saturday and Sunday.

MCA’s helpful map of participating studios also lists Capital Bikeshare locations in the area for anyone wanting to cover more territory than a leisurely stroll might allow.

Hooray for Borderstan and the amazing its number of creative neighbors! It’s truly a privilege and a growing pleasure to live here.

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