Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This was a fun little gallery in Washington D.C. next to the Smithsonian Castle that I went to, initially trying to find some installations to look at for some inspiration. A lot of the people there talked to me too, and explained a bunch of what the different artworks were about which was nice compared to some of the others.

This is the first one I saw, and is right inside the entrance. It consists of different types of shoes that women wore, and they all had written notes attached to them, and all were attached together with the red string. I liked being able to walk around it and see how the lines move around to make shape, and all the different types of shoes too.

This is of a piece called Monkeys Grasp for the Moon, which uses the word monkey in different languages to create a huge vertical sculpture over a fountain. It was interesting because I haven't seen a sculpture done totally vertical in a space like this before, and you could walk all the way around it on all the different floors of the gallery to get different views.

One thing I liked about the gallery itself is that there were some fun spaces to just be in and walk around. The floor plan itself was pretty simple and you couldn't really get lost or turned around in, which made it easy to see everything and have a direction to go. I think some of the paintings around this area were a little boring and generic maybe, but I probably don't know enough about them to say. There wasn't really anyone around this area to ask and they didn't have much information posted anywhere. 

This is one of the paintings I liked, sort of in an impressionist style, I like how it looks different depending on how close you are to it, and goes all the way to being just lines, dots, and color, like a screen nowadays. 

These were the last thing I saw before leaving, they had two cases full of them. I think they were used for holding certain types of flowers in, and were quite detailed for being so small and handmade.They were just hard to see since there wasn't much light on anything in this area of the gallery. 

View of the Gallery outside the exit