Happy anniversary?

Well, this is embarrassing. It wasn’t until I received a notice to renew my domain name that I checked in on this blog, and discovered to my chagrin that the last post was dated February 25th—2015. D’oh. I suppose this is what happens when your day job tethers you to a computer, writing scripts. It’s very hard to find the time or motivation to write blog posts, much less go out in the world and experience things to write about.

And of course, life gets in the way. A year later, I find myself married, living in a new apartment, skating for two derby teams, and up to my elbows in a new exhibit script. I’m tired so often, it’s hard to feel surprised, to notice those moments that challenge my assumptions or reveal new truths. I still don’t have much time to visit other museums, where it’s much easier to come face-to-face with objects and installations that inspire you.

So to remind myself to lighten up, to look for moments of surprise, awe, and delight, I’m posting some photos (and label text!) from the Wonder exhibition at the Renwick Gallery.

A rainbow of threads titled Plexus A1 by Gabriel Dawe

Plexus A1, by Gabriel Dawe
Photo by Juliana Olsson

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.” —Albert Einstein, 1931

Middle Fork, by John Grade, is a cast of a tree, made out of many tiny pieces of wood.

Middle Fork, by John Grade
Photo by Juliana Olsson

“It is not understanding that destroys wonder, it is familiarity.” — John Stuart Mill, 1865

index cards and other mundane materials make up the work Untitled by Tara Donovan

Untitled, by Tara Donovan
Photo by Juliana Olsson

“The mere knowledge that such a work could be created makes me twice the person I was.” —Goethe, 1787

In the Midnight Garden, by Jennifer Angus, plays with patterns of insects on pink-washed walls

In the Midnight Garden, by Jennifer Angus
Photo by Juliana Olsson
The moment I saw this installation I wanted to live in it.

 

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