Looking for and at art

We usually walk with a purpose, and, no, it’s not just for exercise. We discovered some time ago that there’s a lot to see along the way for those who look and observe.

Our walks along the Huron River offered us many artful sightings, but we judged this one our favorite:

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Clinging to the branch of the tree, just off the path

A few days ago we set off with our friend, Nancy, on a long walk to see “real” art in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Who knew how telling it was that the old museum (right) and the new wing (left) would have such a far-ranging collection?

Who knew how telling it was that the old museum (right) and the new wing (left) would have such a far-ranging collection?

We started our tour in a room of glass cases, each containing thoughtfully grouped pieces, but no printed labels to be found.

We started our tour in a room of glass cases, each containing thoughtfully grouped pieces, but no printed labels to be found.

We carefully studied the small pieces and found one after another that we quite liked and wanted to know more about them.

We carefully studied the small pieces and found one after another that we quite liked and wanted to know more about them.

The answers waited for us just a few computer clicks and scrolls away on terminals in the center of the room. The artist, title, and date popped up in a minute, but no other information. It’s a great idea, but we think it needs a little more work to be truly useful.

Louis Comfort Tiffany, Firescreen from the entrance hall of the Henry O. Havemeyer house, 1890-91. We thought the Tiffany glass display outstanding.

Louis Comfort Tiffany, Firescreen from the entrance hall of the Henry O. Havemeyer house, 1890-91. We thought the Tiffany glass display outstanding.

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park No. 52, 1972

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park No. 52, 1972

The art collection was far-ranging for such a small museum, but, at times, the transition was a bit jarring as we moved from one collection to the next.   Still, it was a grand day viewing art in and out of the museum.

 

October 2015

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to Looking for and at art

  1. icelandpenny says:

    You do this so well — you take time to look and then take time to see what you are looking at.

  2. It would be interesting to know the story or inspiration behind these pieces.

  3. We’re supposed to guess, right? I think your favorite photo is the underside of a mushroom clinging to that tree.

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