Temperatures in the city are sweltering, but at ARTECHOUSE, it’s suddenly and spectacularly Spring. An exhibit meant to be enjoyed during DC’s famed National Cherry Blossom Festival, Hanami: Beyond the Blooms had to be cut short in mid-March during the city shut down due to COVID-19.
Now reopened to the public, the Spring sensation now serves as a souvenir of the season we missed while sheltering in place.
Ink illustrations of Yuko Shimizu are writ large (and digital) on Artechouse’s massive projection screens in four interactive gallery segments; an ambient fragrance of cherry trees invokes the sweetest smells of the season, and guests take it all in with a background soundtrack of the Japanese taiko drum.
“We started ARTECHOUSE with the intention to educate, empower, and inspire, artists, and our community alike. That mission matters now more than ever, as we find ourselves emerging from this time of fear and isolation,” said Sandro Keserelidze, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ARTECHOUSE.
“Art, we feel, is truly essential right now. It can provide a respite from the chaos that surrounds us, inspire us, transport us. We hope Hanami can help our audiences experience joy and inspiration as we enter this new phase of reopening.”
Hanami: Beyond the Blooms will be available to limited numbers of visitors with new hours, new times, and secure sanitation measures following CDC guidelines through September 7, 2020.