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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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National Gallery of Art

Noe Todorovich

One of my favorite places in Washington, DC is the National Gallery of Art. I particularly love the East Building. Beyond the amazing art, the architecture of the building itself is stunning.

The building recently reopened after a three-year renovation including creating additional gallery space and a lovely rooftop terrace with sculptures including the now famous "Hahn/Cock" by Katharina Fritsch on long-term loan from Glenstone. When I last visiting, the three towers each houses the following artists' works: Barbara Kruger, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman. Some of these exhibits will be limited time while others will rotate the works displayed or remain longer term.

I really enjoyed checking out the new digs during NGA Evenings at the Edge program where the museum stays open late with performances, music, and pop-up talks. (NOTE: One such night remains in April, so be sure to sign up if you haven't been yet...or if you have and want more!) 

Infinite Kusama at the Hirshhorn

Noe Todorovich

The Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Hirshhorn has taken over DC and likely your Instagram feed since it opened last week...and for good reason. I had the pleasure of checking it out on opening day when a friend couldn't use her pass and returning a few days later with some friends to brave the weekend crowds. It was all well worth it.

While the pictures and videos are incredible, they still do not and simply cannot do it justice. If you get the chance, go see it for yourself and even lower your phone or camera down for at least a few seconds to fully immerse yourself in the experience. A quick PSA: Be prepared to stand in lines; be gracious to the staff who are working HARD to provide the opportunity for us to experience this exhibition; and, lastly, my general life advice...don't be a jerk. 

Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever

Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

 Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots

Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos.
— Yayoi Kusama, 1968

Infinity Mirrored Room—Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

Life (Repetitive Vision)

The Obliteration Room

By obliterating one’s individual self, one returns to the infinite universe.
— Yayoi Kusama

Kara Walker's "A Subtlety"

Noe Todorovich

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I started seeing pictures of and hearing more about Kara Walker's installation at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn a few weeks ago. When DeChelle mentioned wanting to take a trip to NYC to see it, I was completely on board. We just barely squeezed it in, going on the day before it closed.

There was a long, long, LONG line by the time we got there around 1 pm on Saturday. Skeptical about the wait time, we followed the line block by block until we were about 7 or 8 blocks from the entrance and on the other side of the Williamsburg bridge. The line moved quickly though, and we were inside the factory in just over an hour.

"It does smell sweet," DeChelle and I said to each other as we walked into the factory. I turned to the right and stopped in my tracks. There she was, all the way on the other side of the factory, surrounded by people, shining in the sun pouring through the skylight. A subtlety*...or Marvelous Sugar Baby

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After taking in the scene as a whole, I saw one of the smaller figures of a young boy just in front of me so I wandered over, watching as others looked intently at him. These smaller figures were made of molasses and had unrefined sugar in the fruit baskets on their backs. They appeared to be melting, oozing with dark, sticky pools beneath and around them.

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As we got closer to the sphinx figure, the smell got much sweeter and then even rather pungent. She loomed above us all, so regal and mesmerizing. I wanted to take it all in, walking around slowly. I looked up at the high ceiling and across the huge factory, imagining massive piles of sugar as it once held. Instead of shapeless mounds as it once was, on this day there stood this figure, this statement.

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I won't try to explain what it all means as my experience will vary from others and from the artist herself. I will say that it was an impressive installation and experience that made me really think about the history of sugar, of slavery, of the pursuit of "perfection" and the flawed ways that word has been defined.

To find out more, read this interview with Kara Walker. 

*In the interview with Kara Walker, I learned that a subtlety is not just something that is muted or subdued but was also a medieval dish eaten by the rich...a political sugar sculpture eaten in between courses or as dessert.

Part of the Domino facility that will be torn down.

Part of the Domino facility that will be torn down.

The Artist's Way

Noe Todorovich

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I've heard about the impact The Artist's Way  can have. The book came highly recommended to me by a friend of a friend in talking about indulging our creativity and being an artist. I ordered it shortly thereafter.

And it sat on my bookshelf. And it sat. And it sat.

A few weeks ago, I woke up earlier than usual on a chill Sunday and decided to pick it up. I began writing my "morning pages" (an integral part of the experience, along with artist dates).

Thus began my journey.

Within a few days I already felt a difference, as I started to take my art a bit more seriously and toy with ideas for how to take things to the next level.

“We've all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.”
-Julia Cameron

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about sharing my experience. It feels so intimate and incredibly introspective. It's definitely enlightening, so I want to share some of my revelations. But I also feel like this experience wasn't really meant to be shared. That doing so would dilute the very experience. I don't want to broadcast introspection. In this day and age of social media, blogging and ALL THE SHARING, don't some things remain personal and private?

But I do want to share how much I'm enjoying the book and how excited I am to keep at it and see where it leads me. I may share a few gems gleaned along the way. But even if I don't, I trust my life will reveal the impact. At least I hope so...

 

Best Birthday Celebration Ever: Susie Wins!

Gina Todorovich

My dear friend Susie wanted to do something different for her birthday this year. She gathered a group of her friends, and we all went to McFadden Art Glass glassblowing studio in Baltimore.

      

I’ve always loved trying new things, especially when it comes to art. I remember when I first discovered just how much I loved photography when I took a black and white film class in high school. Any free time I had during the school day was spent in the darkroom or out putting my camera to use.

That was until I took a ceramics class. And then I spent all free time in the studio making extra pieces. And then there was also the creative metals and glass class I took... I just love exploring new creative artistic venues!

It was incredibly refreshing and so fun to try something new and create some glass art. We could choose from a few different things to make, ranging from a necklace pendant to a bowl. I chose a bowl. No pictures of the finished product just yet, though. It’s in Baltimore cooling off so it won’t crack. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

 

Susie might be the one celebrating her birthday, but we all had a great experience and have our creations. Maybe mine will be someone’s gift. I don’t know though. I might have to keep it for myself. :)

Amara ready to catch my glass bowl once I successfully hit hard enough for it to detach from the pole!