Back at the end of December, my dad, the Bean, and I paid a visit to the Smithsonium National Museum of the Amerian Indian. I had been a few times before, but this visit was a first for my dad and the first the Bean could remember (she has been once before, but it has since slipped her memory). The museum is probably best for kids 5 and up so far as an educational resource goes. The Bean has been studying American Indians in school, so she was very interested in the exhibits. I actually caught her a few times so engrossed that she forgot I was there. I didn't take many photos this trip since I have some from before, but I did take some of the changing exhibit...Strange Comfort by Brain Jungen. Here is a little about Jungen from the museum Web site:
"Brian Jungen (b. 1970, Dunne-za First Nations/Swiss-Canadian) uses mass-produced goods to make sculptures that are simultaneously fake and authentic, playful and political, common and extraordinary. Jungen charges ordinary, useful objects with layers of meaning, exploring and transgressing the boundaries of what they had been and what they’ve become, riffing on Indian imagery, pop culture, consumerism, and obsession in the process."
Here are my photos from the exhibit. I think the gas cans are my favorite. I love how their inherited beauty renders them useless as a vessel to hold gas. The Bean liked the golf bag totem poles and the whale made from patio chairs. Be sure to check out the Web site for more about the exhibit, and definitely pay a visit if you are in the area.
Blog Posts from the Museum About the Installation of the Exhibit (pretty interesting)