What if aliens — of the extraterrestrial variety — came to earth many years in the future, after humans are long gone, and became fascinated with our obsession with classical and neoclassical architecture? They’d call us “pillar builders” and intergalactic tourists would flock to earth in general and to DC in particular, to study this Corinthian-column obsession.
That’s the premise of artist Ellen Harvey’s exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC, called The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington D.C. And it’s at the Corcoran until October 6.
Also for the History Tourist, the more traditional and sobering War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict from the Civil War to Afghanistan. Through September 29.