Two weekends ago, the Fried Green Mister and I took full advantage of the Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live and visited both the WWII Museum and Longue Vue House and Gardens. If you didn’t get out to any museums for Museum Day this year, I highly recommend marking your calendar for next year! It was pretty crowded, but not totally out of control, and a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck. We did about $75 worth of awesome activities for $10!
In efforts to keep this post from droning on for days, I’ll give you a photo summary of my favorite things from our day:
Longue Vue is a secret den of fantastic modern art in New Orleans. The owner was an avid art collector and there are some unique pieces housed in the sunroom.
The World War II Museum was incredibly well designed, though I had a hard time finding any information the exhibit designer for the original portion of the museum, Gallagher & Associates seems to be tied to the new Boeing section with the full sized planes. I have always had grand dreams of being an exhibit designer…
At museums from this period, I’m always taken with unusual propaganda posters. It always seems like there was so much more thought put into the propaganda during WWI and WWII. You just don’t see pieces like these anymore.
Greetings from rainy Richmond! It’s a dull dreary day here and it makes me want to run off to the beach to sit in the sunshine with a book, but that’s not in the cards this week. I know a lot of you don’t live in the path of the storms currently sweeping across the Southeast, but I thought I’d pass along some sunny art and design news to get your spirits moving regardless of where you are. Or, it’s purely selfish and I just want to de-fog my own brain!
1. Huffington Post (I hesitate to even send you there before the election is over, no matter which way you sway.. yikes) had a post about some amazing grass human sculptures by Mathilde Roussel. These living grass pieces are beautiful studies in movement, reminiscent of early college days creating figure drawings in different mediums. I love how she pushed the envelope. People’s creativity never ceases to amaze me. Ms. Roussel has a large catalog of exceptionally beautiful pieces from a wide range of mediums – check out her website.
Image from Mathilde Roussel website.
2. Design Week posted an interview with Vaughan Oliver (who you already know I love). And nothing says “sunny days lay ahead” like a solid Pixies album cover…right? Judge me if you must, but sunny is in the eye of the beholder. I love the Pixies. Desert Island Album style love. But that’s not the point. Oliver is totally funny and insightful, so go read his interview. I love how he talks about working with 4AD: “… it wasn’t just a record company to me, it was like putting sleeves on my own records.” A designer’s dream! (Oh and if you’re reading from the UK, there’s a link to contact someone for inquiries on attending his upcoming talk at the bottom of the article.)
3. The Washington Post tells me that there are (at least) two big shows worth noting in NYC this fall and winter: Andy Warhol at the Met and Edvard Munch at the MOMA. The Warhol exhibit will showcase his lasting effect on other contemporary artists, featuring both his works and those where he may have been inspiration. Munch at the MOMA will showcase his famous work The Scream for a six month period of time starting October 24. Evidently this is the only non-Norwegian original version of the work, so check it out while it’s in the area!
3.1. While you’re visiting The Scream, stop in to the new photography exhibition. The show features the works of Michele Abeles, Birdhead, Anne Collier, Zoe Crosher, and Shirana Shahbazi. Collier was also featured on the Highline this past February with a billboard-sized commissioned piece.
Image from Highline website.