It was worth a lot more than it cost

”End of the Day #2” by Dale Chihuly, 1996 at The Palm Springs Art Museum

”End of the Day #2” by Dale Chihuly, 1996 at The Palm Springs Art Museum

Who can resist something for nothing? We headed to The Palm Springs Art Museum one late Thursday afternoon to take advantage of the 4pm – 8pm free admission. Come take a look at what “free” will get you.

We knew from just looking at the open floors where we wanted to go next.

We knew from just looking at the open floors where we wanted to go next.

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”Standing Male Figure,” Maya, Campeche, Jaina Island, 600-900 CE. We spent time studying the collection of early sculpture from the Americas. This fellow had a flair that (we thought) resembled a more contemporary gaucho.

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“1952 (Rings)”, Sarah Morris, 1967. The colors and precision are in perfect balance.

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“No Title (stacked plates, butter)”, Robert Therrien, 2007. How does an artist take the familiar and turn it into an artwork so fascinating that everyone who passed by stopped immediately, studied the work intently, circled it, stepped back for another look, and smiled – before finally moving on.

As we were browsing through the upper galleries, music began to play. Visitors on the ground floor circled around and visitors on the upper floors moved to the railings. Everyone watched a local dance company performance in the open space.

As we were browsing through the upper galleries, music began to play. Visitors on the ground floor circled around and visitors on the upper floors moved to the railings. Everyone watched a local dance company performance in the open space.

It had been such a great visit. Uplifting. Inspiring. We still had so much more we wanted to see, but we were getting very hungry. Thursday night in Palm Springs is also Villagefest, just a few blocks from the Museum. North Palm Canyon Road is closed to vehicles and lined with food and craft booths, including our favorite burrito place.

As we walked over to the booth, we were still thinking about what we’d seen at the Museum. Art is more than molding clay into a figure,… more than putting bold circles and stripes on a canvas,… more than 2 dancers fluidly circling each other to the music. Art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination… producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

Our visit to the Museum had been such a rewarding experience, and it had cost – nothing! That’s something to think about….

 

February 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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5 Responses to It was worth a lot more than it cost

  1. icelandpenny says:

    Wonderful shots! Love the open-floors panorama, thought that would be my favourite, then got seduced by the sequence of concentric-circle images. Very nice indeed, the resonance from one to the next. (Mayan Man, meet Sarah Morris, etc.)

  2. Love the open design. I am understanding why you are drawn back to Palm Springs.

  3. Free entry is a great idea. I’m intrigued by those stacked plates. How did he do that??

  4. plaidcamper says:

    What a remarkable space – thanks for sharing!

  5. Have you ever been to Tacoma, WA? If not and you enjoy Dale Chihuly there are some awesome art pieces by him here! The best being the entire Bridge of Glass.

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