First Monday

I might have reviewed 2015 and planned for my future in yesterday’s post, but last week still needs a recap! Therefore:

New Year’s Eve was rung in at the Hamilton! Lesley, Kelsey, Amy, Claire and I enjoyed the rhythm and tunes of the 19th Street Band over a champagne toast at midnight. Fun crowd, fun people, fun photos!

The Hamilton

I was also able to check out the newly renovated Renwick Gallery! The gallery is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative art collection. Nine artists currently have installations on display, including Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus A1. The rainbow design is created from thread; after some research I realize he clearly has this “colored string installation” thing down-pat.

Renwick

Janet Echelman’s vibrant ceiling display was also greatly appreciated. It’s a woven sculpture that corresponds to a map of the energy released across the Pacific Ocean during the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. “Waves taller than the 100-foot length of this gallery ravaged the east coast of Japan, reminding us that what is wondrous can equally be dangerous.”

The atrium chandelier was also pretty spectacular, although the photo doesn’t do it justice:

And in food news, I worked on my homemade pizza eating abilities during a low-key winter night with pals.

Pizza Party

Cheers!
-EmPan
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