I saw Brian Jungen’s awesome show at the Museum of the American Indian in DC (more on that in a bit). The show was great: surprising, funny, quietly tragic, and impeccable. Good for you, Brian! I guess I’ve seen his work online before but just assumed it was a clever joke without much backstory. However, walking through the Museum (and watching the strange but touching “Indians-they’re just like us” video), there was so much tense history behind the work. Creating a mask out of Air Jordans or a totem pole out of duffel bags is great, but it’s also dark and sardonic. The big skeleton is made out of plastic patio chairs, the warrior out of baseball gloves, and the animals are made from suitcase parts. It’s up until August 8th, and it’s FREE.
(Note: I took most of these pictures. The rest are from Google’s image search. Um… the sharp, clean ones.) Also, if you eat at their crazy elaborate cafe, go for the 1/2 chicken and the asparagus salad, and finish with a tres leches (this is good for 2 people, but you’ll still spend plenty of cash money for it).