On a Day in D.C.
Last week Sunday, I went on an excursion to Washington D.C.. The purpose of the trip was to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture which opened in 2016. I had the pleasure of going last year with my University's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), but this second time around gave me a chance to visit what I had not been able to see before - primarily the Contemplation Court and the Visual Arts exhibit (pictures inserted below). I am a huge art fan so I was upset that I had missed it the first time and excited to view the gallery. I saw a few familiar works that I had seen at the Brooklyn Museum this summer in New York City, but also found some new favorites! The exhibit also housed a piece by Amy Sherald who painted Michelle Obama's presidential portrait. Though the first lady's portrait has yet to fully warm up to me, the piece in D.C. is my favorite Sherald work.
I spent the rest of the day exploring the city and obsessing over D.C. architecture. As a New Yorker, I thrive in urban spaces and D.C. is no different. Besides the gross gentrification, it almost felt a little like home. The trip also made me realize how badly I want to graduate and live outside of Charlottesville. With graduation coming up soon, I am looking at what my next steps will be and where I will live next. A city space is definitely top-priority on my list, though it is not top-choice for my wallet.