Wednesday, May 12, 2010
first stop, gift shop
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!
Posted by aimee