Blinky Palermo at the Hirshhorn

I think my obsession with Gilmore Girls is fairly well documented. So, when I heard the Hirshhorn (love) was doing a retrospective of Blinky Palermo’s work, I knew I needed to go. Okay, my reaction wasn’t quite that sedate. I got a little giddy. Blinky, a contemporary German painter in the ‘60s and ‘70s, is one of the numerous pop culture references that pepper Gilmore Girls dialogue, and it seems I’m on a bit of an odyssey to explore many of those references (Grey Gardens, Funny Face, etc.).

It was made better by the fact that I actually liked his work. I really wish photos had been allowed. I managed to sneak in a couple, but I couldn’t get my favorites (series of orange, red and other color blocks with excellent flow). In fact, I totally set off a very Thomas Crown-like alarm when I got too close to one of the pieces. Hey, I wanted to see it from the side!

Palermo piece