May 12: Our Anniversary, Day 1

by Saramerry99 May. 12, 2012 3672 views

We celebrated our anniversary all weekend–we intended to get married on May 13th last year, but actually got married on the 12th. So we get to extend the celebration and extra day. :D

On Saturday we went down to DC for the day–we started at an exhibit at the Sackler Gallery of all 46 of Hokusai's 36 Views of Mount Fuji (yes, you read that right–the publisher added 10 more after the initial printing). They were *gorgeous*, but alas no photography was allowed. Not even of the interpretive signs, so I had to write down a wonderful quote by Hokusai: “Prior to my seventieth year, nothing I drew was of particular note. At the age of seventy-three, I could somewhat understand the structure of animals, insects, and fish, and the vital nature of plants and trees. Thus at eighty, my art will have greatly improved, at ninety will have attained real depth, and at one hundred will be divinely inspired. At one hundred and ten, my every dot and every stroke will come to life…” Hokusai (didn't get the name of the translator), 1834.

The first picture here is not-a-very-good-one (sorry) of a Thunder Oni (sort of a demon) by Hokusai. This is in the regular collection at the Freer Gallery and photography *is* permitted there. He painted this when he was 87 or 88 and I just adore the life and vibrancy in it.

We took a stroll through the Hirshhorn's sculpture garden on the way to lunch–Patrick remembered a Calder stabile being in there but it's moved (or maybe it's in the *other* sculpture garden, I just thought of that). While there a nice couple took our picture for us.

After lunch, we went to the American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery (which share a building) for an exhibit called The Art of Video Games. Neither of us especially play video games, but we were intrigued by the idea. The exhibit was muy cool–they basically were making a case for video games as art, but leaving it up to viewers to decide for themselves.

After that we walked around that gallery for a while–looked at some folk art and 20th century paintings and crafts and sculptures. Spent a while with the collection of George Catlin's Indian portraits because they're awesome. But I only took pictures on my phone (and they suck).

We had reservations for dinner at a place about a block away from the museum–Jaleo, a Spanish tapas place. (Click here for their website.) [] We ordered many delicious things but I took a picture of my favorite. How can there be any bad with cheese wrapped in ham wrapped in pork then very lightly breaded and fried until crispy on the outside but not even remotely greasy. Then served in coin-sized slices in just the right amount. :D It was delicious! We also got potatoes and bread with tomatoes and manchego and hanger steak and a wee little pork hamburger and chicken (which was amazing). It was a wonderful meal celebrating a wonderful anniversary! :D

After dinner, we walked back to the Hirshhorn, where they had a work installed–it was a film with music and images, sort of variations on the theme of “I only have eyes for you”, projected onto the outside of the (round) building. If it actually looped, it was a long loop–it was an hour or so before we started seeing something we recognized. It was kind of like a film and music approach to something like MC Escher's Metamorphoses–starting with something then changing it while repeating while changing…so every time was different but elements kept recurring. Hard to describe, but cool.

We were lucky, because as it turned out the last night for the installation was May 13, so we caught it just before it left.

We got home fairly tired and very happy. :D

bad picture of an awesome thunder oni by Hokusai

us in the Hirshhorn sculpture garden (with a Borg sphere approaching from behind) thanks to a very nice lady. :D

flamengues (cheese wrapped in ham wrapped in pork breaded and fried–YUM!)

my oh so adorable husband looking cute :D

Song 1 by Doug Aitken at (well *on*) the Hirshhorn

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Leslie D 8 years, 12 months ago

Happy anniversary....and many, many more.
This fall, I will celebrate my 34th anniversary (all in a row and all married to the same man). Looking back, there is one thing I wish...that I had a picture of us on each anniversary, standing in front of where we lived at the time. What a special album that would be.

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