SMITHThere is always a reason to visit our nation’s capital, and one of the best reasons to visit DC is the never ending bounty of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution.

Currently, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum is hosting an exhibition celebration my favorite artistic medium – the assemblage: Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913 to the Present.

About Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913 to the Present: “Approximately 100 examples of collage and assemblage, primarily drawn from the Hirshhorn’s collection, reveal the myriad ways that modern and contemporary artists have made use of the fragments and detritus in the world around them to challenge traditional art media. Butterfly wings, glass shards, doll parts, crumpled automotive metal, jigsaw puzzle pieces, clothing, straight pins, furniture, and colored sand are some of the materials used. Featured artworks include Joseph Stella’s tiny photomechanical reproduction and cut paper composition, Ann Hamilton’s installation palimpsest (1989), and Bruce Connor’s groundbreaking film Report (1967). These works demonstrate the incredible diversity of collage and assemblage from artists around the world and how they evolved over the last century.”

I have been inspired by the great assemblage works of artists old and new, and this exhibition not only celebrates the medium, but validates the choices of artist like me.

Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913 to the Present continues as the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum through September 8, 2013.

Learn more about all the museums and resources of the Smithsonian Institution here.