Museum trip: Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal

20130129-111928.jpgJoin Painter Smurf and I as we journey to the Cleveland Museum of Art for the “Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal” show!

My friend C and I made a quick trip to Cleveland to catch this exhibit right as it was exiting the museum. It was primarily pulled from the museum’s permanent collections, so the bonus? It was free! You have to love being able to drink in some fabulous art without having to spend any money!

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We also took in a great exhibit that analyzed Picasso’s La Vie, including sketches leading up to and inspiring the main work. One of the things I love about CMA is that they usually will have iPad displays available that show you the work of art as it looks when it is exposed to ultraviolet light and x-rays. It’s so near to be able to see the pieces of art as the art restoration experts do!

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Here are a few more shots from the regular exhibits at the museum:

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And last but not least, we were completely surprised and awed by a travelling exhibit of William H. Johnson’s work. I had never heard of him before, but lovewhat I saw! So did Painter Smurf!

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And I just couldn’t resist taking one last photo of Painter Smurf right by the gigantic banner for the WHJ exhibit. 🙂 objects at the museum are sometimes smaller than they appear! Can you even see Painter in the photo?

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What about you? Been to any great exhibits lately? Please comment and share!

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Inspiration Station: Eric Boyer and Human Scale Studio

All I can say is WOW — I am absolutely STUNNED by the beauty in this article from Etsy on Eric Boyer and his wire mesh scultpures, both in the photographs of his work and in the lyrical, witty and approachable way he writes.

Beyond perusing the wonderful photographs of his work, the biggest takeaway from this article for me was inspiration:

I grew up with an art teacher dad who lavished us kids with cheap materials and liked to ask tough questions: […] ‘Let’s try to comprehend infinity.’  […]One of the most valuable things I have learned is to give myself permission to experiment. Whenever I visit another artist’s studio, a museum, or a gallery — any place where people are creating new things — it’s a reminder not to get in the rut of assuming I know how to do things. That petrifies the creative mind. Try something you know you can’t do just to find out why. Limitations can be myths for us to shatter. My favorite all-time mantra: suspension of disbelief.  You don’t have to have belief, but you do have to stop roadblocking yourself with doubt and knowledgeable pessimism.”

Talk. About. WOW… 

Thanks, Eric, for inspiring and sharing.

Eric Boyer/Human Scale Studio