Re: All the Arts (and anything else) blog thread
posted at 12/16/2013 1:30 PM EST
In response to yogafriend's comment:
One reason I started this thread was b/c I wanted to tell you about my museum trip on Saturday. Yes, folks, I left all the rude ugliness of holiday and "storm" shopping to slip into a small museum that I am very fond of, the Rose Art Museum, at Brandeis University (in Waltham). Even though I had planned on seeing the exhibition with a friend, when I realized the show was about to close, I didn't want to miss out. RIGHT decision.
NOTE: The Rose is a small museum and every exhibition is a time-limited proposition. They don't have enough space to house a permanent set of exhibitions like larger museums do.
The two exhibitions that I knew I had to see were the Andy Warhol ("Image Machine") and the one on Minimalism.
The Warhol exhibition was outstanding. What was also impressive was that everything on display belongs to the Rose. I never knew this, but Warhol did a litho of the founder of the university, Louis Brandies. Very cool. Mick Jagger was there; Elizabeth Taylor; the collage of Jackie Kennedy; etc. There were videos set up that had Lou Reed (very young and in shades), Edie Sedgwick, and others. Lots of interesting photography. The narratives explaining the art were fantastic, I got so much out of just a few paragraphs, including one that explained the timeframe when Warhol made his decision to commercialize his art. It was a sheer joy to be there. The curators also gave detailed descriptions of how Warhol made all of his art by hand when he first came on the scene, and the arduous processes used to create the work. I know many of you don't "get", appreciate or even like his work, but there is no question as to the mark and influence he left on our popular culture and the history of art. I <heart> Andy Warhol.
The "Minimalism" exhibition was very small in terms of number of pieces, but grand in presentation and impact. I could not WAIT TO TELL YOU: there was an artwork there that was basically a pile of cinder blocks!! :D Actually, they were arranged like a pyramid. It was great. :) If you would like to read the short description, it is still up, even though the entire exhibition closed yesterday. I am very drawn to "industrial" art, so that is why I liked all of the artwork. Today, much of it would be called "green" or re-purposed, IMO.
This museum is a gem. I have gotten more out of the exhibitions at the Rose Art Museum than I have at some of the larger, well-funded museums. Similar to music, some of the best museums are often the more obscure and quiet ones that few people know about.
Glad you enjoyed it, yoga!
We have such an embarrassing wealth of great art venues in and around Boston. It warms my heart to see people taking advantage of them.
Relatedly, there is an exhibition at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover (on the campus of Phillips Academy) that might interest you. It's called "Flash Back - Nov. 22, 1963" and has works about the JFK assassination, including some Warhol prints.
The Gallery itself is a marvel - one of the most significant collections of American Art anywhere in the world - and is simply stunning since its recent renovation. And it's part of a high school...!
Likewise, other great locations abound: PEM in Salem, DeCordova in Waltham, Fuller Craft in Brockton, the Currier in Manchester, NH (which had a Warhol exhibit a couple years ago), etc....