Here I am with the Dale Chihuly sculpture (I believe installed in conjunction with the 2011 “Through the Looking Glass” Exhibit) at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art. This is one of my favorite museums because it has such strong collections across the board, but in particular wonderful pieces in its Modern American and European exhibits.
What color does the sculpture look to you? I think I see it differently than intended. To me, it looks yellow. It is supposed to be green.
Fidéle’s gorgeous wooden bed was on display, along with many photographs of Barnes, his wife, and the pup.
The collection itself is amazing. Unlike most museums which are organized around historical period, the pieces in the Barnes foundation are grouped according to formal design element. A certain line may be reflected in a modern painting and an ancient African mask as well as a hinge or doorstop. It’s a very different and fascinating approach. Additionally, the collection features more Modigliani than I’ve ever seen before in one place, along with many Picasso and Renoir. This is a museum I’d like to return to soon. If you are in Philadelphia, I encourage you to visit the collection.
When Gary, Jessica, and Alivia were here, we went to the Corning Museum of Glass. It’s a very interesting museum, with contemporary glass art, a history of glass, and special exhibits, as well as an interactive exhibit about the practical uses of glass. While I enjoyed the contemporary art, my favorite exhibition was the history of glass. Objects included, as you would expect, glasses and vessels, but also religious artifacts, beads, pendants, lights, paperweights, and stained glass windows. The only drawback is that the museum is so comprehensive, I got to a point where I couldn’t absorb any more. I had to stop looking because everything was appearing the same. Luckily, the museum is only an hour or so away.
This is a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture in the lobby of the museum. It’s called “Fern Green Tower” though it appears yellow to me!
View all the photos from the trip here.