Inspirational messages in stained glass can be welcome and comforting – e.g., in this case when in church at a funeral service – but not so much if they’re made conditional by bureaucratic fine print that the architect didn’t anticipate!
Speaking of Hirshhorn surprises, after sunset the exterior becomes a video screen, with eleven high def projectors displaying the “the first-ever work of 360-degree convex-screen cinema”. It’s Doug Aitken’s SONG 1, which you can see and hear until 13 May (after which it enters the museum’s permanent collection, whatever that means). The soundtrack is a seamless, haunting mashup of the 1934 standard “I Only Have Eyes for You”, which Aitken produced from dozens of versions he commissioned from stylistically diverse musicians. It’s a treat, and fun to shoot.