thank you megan whitmarsh. if it wasn't for your art i might not know the definition of a yeti (an abominable snowman). and if i didn't know what a yeti was, i might not have won scrabble on sunday. and while winning isn't everything, it sure does feel good.
last weekend we finally made it to denver's museum of contemporary art. i've heard mixed reviews of the museum's new building. i really liked it. and the museum in general. i especially loved the maori art house by rangi kipa.
i particularly liked how the color popped against the white.
my favorite piece, however, was legend, a video installation by artist, candice breitz. she filmed 30 jamaicans singing the songs on bob marley's legend album. each person was filmed separately but the videos are all shown together. the result is fascinating. i enjoyed hearing how the voices meshed (when we walked into the museum we thought we heard a live choir) and how the participants moved and "interacted" with the others.
overall, i liked how the art in the museum was accessible to folks who like art, but may not have degrees in art history. i do like to be challenged, but during a recent visit to the new new museum in new york, i found i was challenged to the point of not being able to enjoy many of the pieces for which i wasn't provided an explanation.
the exhibit we saw there was called, unmonumental: the object in the 21st century and consisted of sculptures made with found objects. overall, it was interesting to see how the work in an established and prestigious museum looked a lot like "outsider" art sculpture, providing one more argument for why the term "outsider art" may not be a valid one. some of the pieces, however, were very difficult to understand. it's interesting that the photos shown on the museum's website are all of more accessible pieces, such as elefant by isa genzken (above). this sculpture reminded my mom of a creature in a child's room who comes alive once the lights are turned off. she was thinking of a horse. it seems isa was thinking of a pachyderm.
i'm not sure i ever showed the couch we ended up getting. there was a floor model for sale at room & board and it made us open up to the idea of charcoal gray. the fabric (which is discontinued) has some brown in it, which i think warms it up a bit. plus, it looks great with our 70s orange velvet chairs. while in ny next week, i hope to stop by purl to pick out some faric for making pillows and a runner for our coffee table.
we've also been hanging up a lot of our artwork, including this print i received a few weeks ago from lisa s. (not to be confused with lisa lou s. our buddy from quito).
she also sent some other goodies, including russian chocolate wrapped in an illustration of a baby in a babushka. thank you lisa!
babooshka (based on the spelling of the kate bush song, i think) also happens to be the name of the place where i'm getting my hair cut today. (woohoo! otherwise, i'd need to start wearing a babushka.)
and in case you didn't know, in addition to a headscarf tied under one's chin, babushka means grandma in russian. it can also be used as a term of endearment. or to refer to mean old ladies who work for the government.
i will share more mail (and maybe vocabulary) later this week.
i am very thankful for long weekends. our thanksgiving weekend was relaxing and filled with activities like browsing books, sipping tea, and watching movies.
yesterday, we saw gone baby gone. a lot of folks loved this movie, but i thought it was terrible. i like casey afflek and liked his performance as a young detective in south boston. the plot, however, had too many holes in it and ultimately did not work. it's difficult to go into details without ruining the movie for those who have not seen it (although i think it was pretty much ruined from the get go) but there were certain issues left unadressed (e.g. social services and the foster care system) and others that seemed forced (a masked detective remy showing up at the bar near the end).
much much better is the current exhibit by lauri lynnxe murphy at the plastic chapel. her newest work isn't on her website, but consists of a mixture of mini-collages, paintings, and snow globes filled with seussian-style "plants."
Friday night we went to "First Fridays" when many Denver galleries (particularly those along Santa Fe Drive) are open late. Many of the galleries had special exhibits for Day of the Dead which I will write more about later.
One of my favorite exhibits we saw was a ceramic installation by Rebecca Hutchinson. I don't have any photos of the specific work we saw, although there were many pieces similar to those in the photo above (right side). Walking around the long hanging "branches" made me feel like I was a honey bee flying around collecting my nectar.
While part of the power of the installation was viewing all of the pieces together, I would love to see how some of Rebecca's collectors display her work in their homes or businesses.
and thank you to everyone for the compliments on our new apartment. we actually took it because it is a great deal, but the silly little details should make it a fun place to live for a year.
we are going to a wedding in the mountains this weekend and then i start my new job on monday so i may not be around for a few days. when i do find time to write i should of plenty of news and photos to share.
and because one can never own too many books, here are three from my wishlist: