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  Posted: Apr 22, 2012 6:19 AM FEED
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vnl 5y ago
What a day of inspiration. Thankful for my incredible volunteer crew. #TEDxPDX

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vnl 1M ago
God bless America. Today. Tomorrow. Forever. #neverforget
vnl 3M ago
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." -George Washington, 1

Standing at 555 feet 5 1/8 inches, directly south of the White House, the Washington Monument is the tallest structure in DC. It's beauty is in its simplicity and commemorates the legacy of George Washington, our first president and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army who led the Thirteen Colonies to defeat the British in the American Revolution. It's an enduring reminder of true patriotism, the strength of our resolve, and the magnitude of Washington's contributions to the founding of this country.

Lately, when I stand at the Lincoln Memorial admiring the Washington Monument in the distance, I can't help but wonder what President Washington would think of our country today and the darkness that looms over it. I find some solace in this quote from Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's wife:

"Clouds and darkness surround us, yet Heaven is just, and the day of triumph will surely come, when justice and truth will be vindicated."

As with all afflictions, this, too, shall pass.
vnl 3M ago
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -Abraham Lincoln
vnl 3M ago
We all have a strange tendency to take things for granted wherever we live – I lived in LA twice and never hiked up to the Hollywood sign; in Portland, I never made the drive down to Crater Lake or the Painted Hills; and despite having grown up in the nation's capital, I never bothered to go to the top of the Washington Monument. When I moved back to DC a couple years ago, I committed to being a tourist in my own city and discovering new people, places, and routines. Not only because it's changed night and day in the years I've been away, but also because there's just so much I know I've taken for granted. I've now explored more of DC in the past 2 1/2 years than I have my entire life. This photo is from one of the very first times I went to explore the monuments along @thenationalmall at night after moving back, something that never even occurred to me for 35+ years prior. Hell, I didn't even know the monuments were open at night.

The first weekend I moved back to DC, I met @carlnard. Carl is an incredible community organizer – whether it's @thefitdistrict or the @maketto1351 Run Club he believes everyone should know everyone. A little more than a year ago, he started @walkwithlocals, an experiment in community to encourage people to get out of their houses, explore the lesser known sides of their cities, and get to know their neighbors... rooted in photography. Each month, WWL hosts photo walks with hundreds of people in cities around the world. From time to time they hand the keys to their Instagram account over to locals in different cities to do Instagram Story takeovers.

Tomorrow, I get to take over the @walkwithlocals IG Story as we check out the @nationalbuildingmuseum's remarkable new #hivedc installation. I'll then take you to a few of my favorite haunts and maybe even some places I've never been. If you're in DC, grab your camera and come meet us at the Building Museum at 9:15am. If not, follow along at @walkwithlocals to see my city through my eyes.

#walkwithlocals #wwlxtakeover #acreativedc #igdc #bythings #shotoniphone
vnl 3M ago
Took my mother on a date last night to meet JFK.

One of my fondest memories of growing up is watching The Sound of Music with my mother and singing along to Do-Re-Mi. It's her favorite movie.

She has lived in the DC area since 1967 (50 years y'all!) and has never had the opportunity to see a show at the @kennedycenter. Thanks to @explorerjosh's overwhelming generosity, last night I was able to take my mother to @soundofmusicontour, sit dead center in the orchestra, and watch her smile ear to ear as she witnessed her favorite movie come to life on one of the grandest performance stages in the world and quietly sung along word for word to @cmalts' explosive performance. A performance so riveting and a moment so perfect, I caught myself welling up during Do-Re-Mi. OK, maybe I cried... a little.

Happy 81st Birthday, mom. Thank you for giving me the world and teaching me that a doe is a female deer.
vnl 5M ago
One year ago today, I quit my job at @Audi of America to take a road less traveled – a path whose turns would be unpredictable and whose destination was fuzzy at best.

With little more than some strong hunches, I wanted to find out what the world needed and how I could contribute if I just gave myself back 40, 50, 60 hours a week.

After a year of exploring, I'm the happiest I've been in recent memory and I've never felt more creative in my life. My exploration is far from over, but so far it's led me to the following...

DC's Creative Economy
After Art Basel two years ago, I decided I had to return to being an active participant in the creative community, not just a spectator. After 5-6 years away from DC, it was amazing to see how much the creative community had evolved and grown. But it still has a long way to go to becoming a world-class creative economy as one would expect from the nation's capital. I've spent the last year listening and learning to better understand what DC needs. Together with other artists, advocates, and organizers, I'm more determined than ever to help build a sustainable creative economy.

Activism
I'll admit I grew up blissfully ignorant of politics and civics. Obama got me to pay attention and, like many of you, this past election woke me the fuck up and taught me that democracy only works if each and everyone one of us participates. From organizing artists for the @womensmarch and @peoplesclimate March to advising causes to giving and raising a few bucks, I've become a better citizen and plan to continue finding more ways to fight for social justice.

Family
Moving back to DC to be closer to my parents remains the best decision of my life. Quitting my job has been the second best – it's enabled me to spend even more time with family. Nothing beats lazy Sundays eating mom's home cooking.

A year in and I certainly have a clearer idea of where this path will take me, but there are no guarantees on the road less traveled. I just knew I owed it to myself to pursue these notions as far as I could, but I've learned amazing shit tends to happen when you just open yourself to opportunity. So why stop now?

To be continued...
vnl 6M ago
Had to UNDS these for #airmaxday.
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30 years ago today, Nike introduced the world to the first shoe with visible air—the Air Max.
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In the 30 years since, this icon has been reinvented and remixed a thousand times over to cement its legacy as one of the greatest sneakers of all time. This special version marries the original Air Max 1 silhouette with the 70s-inspired Nike Night Track, borrowing the Night Track's famous silver metallic upper and translucent glitter bombed royal blue outsole, but modernizing it with Hyperfuse, reflective laces, and reflective underlays peeking through the mesh to make them shine brighter than they already do.
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Happy 30th Birthday #airmax! Here's to 30 more.
vnl 7M ago
340 miles. 20 crews. LA to Vegas. On foot.
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Welcome to @thespeedproject.
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In 2013, @nils_hh and @blue_benadum asked themselves how long it would take to run from LA to Vegas. They found four more crazy motherfuckers, rented an RV, and just started running, eventually reaching the Las Vegas sign 41 hours later. In 2015, they set out to break their own record, but this time against 5 other crews. They managed to outdo themselves with a new record of 36 hours, 55 minutes (for those trying to do the math, that's about 6 1/2 minute miles with each person running about 56 miles in the end).
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This year, they've invited 20 teams from around the world to try and beat their record. And yours truly is coming along for the ride to manage their social media. Stay tuned to @thespeedproject for the next 72 hours as we document the joy, agony, and struggle of these elite athletes across @Instagram, Instagram Stories, and Instagram Live starting at 4:45am PST Friday morning with our hosts @prettymoon and @glennppmilligan.
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See you in Vegas. ✌🏼
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#thespeedproject
vnl 7M ago
BRB, stepped into the matrix.

Yayoi Kusama: Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

#yayoikusama #infinitekusama
vnl 7M ago
87-year old Yayoi Kusama is my spirit animal.

If you know me, you also know of my love for all things polka dot. Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibit at the @hirshhorn is the physical manifestation of all my polka dot dreams.

Kusama's fascination with polka dots started at a very young age. She remarked that polka dots were the same form as the sun which symbolized the energy of the entire world and our lives. For her, "Polka dots become movement... Polka dots are a way to infinity."

She took this obsession to New York City, where she made her mark in the 60s, hosting public performances throughout the city where she would paint brightly colored polka dots on the naked bodies of her performers.

The "Polka Dot Queen" brings six of her remarkable Infinity Mirror rooms–the most ever shown together–and other works to The Hirshhorn in a 65-year retrospective of her brilliant career to kick off the largest North American tour of her work in decades. This room, known as "The Obliteration Room" started off stark white at its opening two weeks ago. Visitors are given stickers upon entering the room and invited to place them wherever they choose in an act of "communal obliteration" as "a way to free each individual and simultaneously reconnect them through mutual obligation," ultimately contributing to a never-ending (or infinite) evolution of the experience.

If there was ever a time for my friends to come visit me in DC, this would be it. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is open now until May 14, 2017.

Advanced timed tickets are available online at kusama.si.edu every Monday at 12pm EST, but they go faster than a Supreme drop. Pro-tip: buy a membership or line up for same-day tickets around 8:45am on the day you plan to go.

#yayoikusama #infinitekusama #obliterationroom
vnl 7M ago
Entitled "Slate Corridor for Possibility of Speaking in Tongues and Depositing Ghetto Reliquary," Theaster Gates pays homage to his father's craft of roofing, reassembling a slate roof of a former church piece by piece, making it into a wall, part fortress and part mosaic.
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Theaster Gates' first solo exhibition in Washington, DC, "The Minor Arts," opens tomorrow, Sunday, March 5 in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art (@ngadc).
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#myngadc #theastergates
vnl 7M ago
In his first solo exhibition in Washington, DC, entitled "The Minor Arts," Chicago artist Theaster Gates takes salvaged materials found around his city he calls "modern castoffs" and resurrects them as art, injecting meaning and value back into them. In this installation called "New Egypt Sanctuary of the Holy Word and Image," he has repurposed old issues of Ebony magazine to create a towering visual and written archive of African-American life.
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"The Minor Arts," opens this Sunday, March 5 in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art (@ngadc). Thank you @tenacgrl @meaganestep for the preview.
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#myngadc #theastergates