Wednesday, May 12, 2010

first stop, gift shop

art-museums

this morning i tagged along on a field trip to the spencer art museum at the university of kansas. twist my arm! i love going to the spencer - it's a beautiful, harmonious building with sunny yellow walls, fresh art, great educational programs, and it's very relaxed and unpretentious - a place where i don't feel like a guard is constantly waiting for me with a cattle prod. art museums are curious structures to me because i have strong emotional reactions to them - either i feel right at home or totally unwelcome. sometimes it's the collection or theme of art that pulls me in, but just as often the draw comes from the location or atmosphere surrounding it. i love the meadows in dallas for its collection of spanish art and the small, intimate feel of the building - quiet and reflective. the art institute of chicago is full of childhood memories for me, the getty is just spectacular because of its setting above LA and for how the collections are neatly housed in different buildings, and the walker in minneapolis loves to serve up bizarre things that make people stop and wonder whether it's art or not - my favorite was the load of trash plucked from the streets of new york and rolled up in a ball of dung. the kimbell has a cool layout, a great restaurant and a kick-ass gift shop. the gift shop is always my first stop at any museum! i had to break protocol with that one today, though - not wise with a group of 20 four year olds.

my friend julie unveiled her buffalo lucy shop yesterday and i'm having serious restraint issues with her purple african jasper ring. i adore the lush gems and the detailing in her pieces, right down to the sweet little buffalo on the back of each one. but for now i've got to get away from the computer to buy some printer ink, deliver another batch of magnets to the post office, and then come home to make more magnets before the thunderstorms arrive. have a great day, wherever you are!

24 comments:

Buffalo Lucy said...

Thanks for the buffalo love, Aimee!

Love the new doodle! Have you been to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston? Oh my! Stephanie introduced me to it during our first visit to Boston and I've never felt more like I belonged somewhere! I'd pull up a little corner of moss and live right there in the courtyard if I could!

Stay dry! xo

peggyfussell said...

Please, oh please come visit the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore with your girlies someday. We'll make you feel right at home, I promise.
http://thewalters.org/

peggyfussell said...

Please, oh please come visit the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore with your girlies someday. We'll make you feel right at home, I promise.
http://thewalters.org/

Jill Berry said...

I am guessing I sent our thunderstorms to you, they should be there in the next day. Snow and rain too. Here I am, not a house troll but a spy.....


Your girl and my girl attract trolls. Let's face it.
xoxooxox

painted fish studio said...

i love spencer's pink bathroom, and i hope you come visit me someday so we can go to the walker together! hint, hint.

Lori said...

I think you should buy that ring- it's awesome!

Karen Blados said...

NOW I'm jealous of the art museums you've visited. Definitely on the ring!

heather smith jones said...

I saw you w/ miss A. but didn't get to talk w/ you. Because yes, as you say, with 20 little ones it's hard!

The Spencer is such a good size, you can absorb what you're looking at without feeling overwhelmed.

Hooray for your magnets! :)

oneartistjournal said...

Lucky you to behave been visiting so many different museums...I've done it a lotwhen I lived in Europe, but not so much here. I have to admit that I really look for super newness in museums and galleries, I need to see something so fresh, that does things to me that I cannot describe in words, and if at all possible have this super new art in a very old charming architectural structure...picky picky picky...
Love that ring Aimee...it's absolutely stunning.
XOXOrly

Phoenix Peacock said...

fantastic trip! And I am impressed that four year olds get taken to the art museum! The Denver one is one of the most kid friendly places I've been as far as making the art really interactive. I love it!

Kim Hambric said...

How did those 4-year-olds work out for you? I love hearing what children think about art. So far, I've only been to a couple of these museums. While I loved the Kimbell in Ft. Worth, I was floored by the Museum of Modern Art there. I'm usually not a fan of modern buildings, but this place was incredible. I think part of the reason was it was chock full of right angles. I LOVE right angles.

I could use a good museum today. Yes, I'm lucky to have the Penn State museum within a rock's throw (if I were a baseball player) from my house. But I've seen everything there. A dozen times. And just last Friday.

cath c said...

i love this one, too!

you would probably enjoy the clark museum in williams, ma. a lovely little museum with big important things like the degas bronze ballerina and beugereau's nymphs and satyr which is astounding up close and personal.

L'Atelier said...

I love museum shops too, but i always go in last- savoring the moment :) sometimes i do a first and last stop there...
and funny i feel the same about art museums. either i love or hate them.

Bella Sinclair said...

EEEEEK! Say what? NYC trash rolled in dung? Ew, gross.

I read about a conceptual piece. The artist spent a long time smoking cigarettes and carefully arranging the butts on the floor. And then one night the janitor came and swept it all away.

It's funny how some museums stick in your memory, as familiar as an old home. I know certain rooms of the MoMA very well.

Love your list!

rachel awes said...

oh aimee, i prefer to head straight to the gift store first too! (& here we are each talking about gifts, & rome!).;)
love your doodle as usualoodle.
i adore everything in rome & florence too. excellent point, dear! & i have childhood memories (as well as adult)with chicago's art inst./home too! i also have both the trash & yet cool associations with the walker (twin cities home for me!)...& simply so fun to think about it all!
& wow, succulant yummy ring from your friend! lol.

Theresa said...

I miss art museums. We have none where I live. Come see what Skylar made...

cindy said...

i would love to be your shadow in a museum. i think it would be lots of fun! enjoy your weekend!

Katrina said...

oh, such a good list of museums. it's always such a treat to stroll through the exhibitions, like time gets bigger for those moments i'm inside. sigh.

elizabeth said...

I know what you mean about feeling "at home". I love lots of art museums, but I can think of two specific places where I was made to feel incredibly unwelcome throughout my visit. Not sure I'd go back to those museums.

Anairam said...

Oh, I love art museums too (and their gift shops - if they are good). Hahaha - I laughed at the guard with the cattle prod - I find images like this very funny because I have quite a vivid imagination. (Not everyone shares my sense of humour, I found that out at my grandma's funeral when I started giggling quite loudly - and uncontrollably - at a mistake the minister made. Anyway.) My worst art museum experience was in an art museum in Vienna; every time I turned around I heard an alarm go off, but there were quite a lot of people in the room so I figured it was some IDIOT doing something wrong. Until I saw the guard, red in his face, marching towards me and contorting his mouth in a most hideous fashion and slapping himself on the back. Honestly, I thought (worst-case scenario) he was a bit whacko and possibly dangerous, but then (best-case scenario) obviously part of some performance piece, until a kind tourist pointed out to me that every time I turned around my backpack would cross the rope separating the art from IDIOT tourists (like me) and set of an alarm. This was my first trip on foreign soil, how was I to know that they were so paranoid? Here in SA we don't have fancy stuff like that in our art museums... Of course we don't have Rembrandts either ...

Leonie said...

That's a gorgeous ring indeed!

I love the Doodle, it makes me want to jump up and visit one of the many museums in the vicinity that I never seem to make use of...

My favourite would have to be the Kröller Muller museum in the Netherlands, the sculpture gardens are amazing and not so uptight that I feel inferior to be there :)

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lori vliegen said...

i love museums.....and i'm with you on the gift shop stop on the way out (and i would consider lunch at the museum cafe the ultimate trifecta!). i'd love to see a display of your doodles in a museum someday.... :))

pixie said...

Wha?! Buffalos?!

I'm all over it. Oh, ahhh, yes...lavender pillows is how I like my stones described. Beautiful! I love the Kimbell, too! I also love the Japanese Garden in Dallas, but can't remember the name...help?
I love the gift shop at Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. Remind me never to consult with Lori, when I'm trying to save dinero, btw. Peer pressure, Lori!

Adoring you and yours,
p