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Saturday, February 11, 2012

North Carolina Museum of Art

Rembrandt has been to the North Carolina Museum of Art. It was our first time too. He left just before we got there. But it didn't matter - we were so knocked out by what we saw that by the end of our visit we almost had to leave. Inside its lightbox interior were things I had never seen before, things I had only heard about, and things I had seen photos of but had never seen for real. There was almost too much beautiful for one short winter day.

Roxy Paine,  A skew
First, you see a stainless steel tree.


And inside, well, I'll be quiet now.





Stanton MacDonald Wright, Flight of the Butterfly No. 1
Robert Rauschenberg, Credit Blossom (Spread)
El Anatsui, Lines That Link Humanity 

Egungun Masquerade Costume, Africa




Daisy Youngblood, Mother and Child
Ledelle Moe, Congregation


Peter Koellin, Madonna and Child Sheltering Supplicants under Her Cloak, c. 1470
Flemish kunstkamer, 17th century






Jaume Plensa, Doors of Jerusalem

Yes, I know. So much. Exactly.

10 comments:

Daydreamer said...

Wow, Amy. WOW!
I Gotta say your segues one picture to the next are a seemingly seamless ribbon ... flow of consciousness... human life-living thread spinning/spanning the AGES.... illustrating the Connectedness of it ALL! Beautiful! Stunningly BEAUTIFUL!
WOW!
I ADORE that Madonna!
And that Painted Bureau....
And that embroidered Tribal Robe...
And...
Where should I stop?
Can you IMAGINE building a Stainless Steel TREE?
WOW!

Amy said...

Betsey, it was one of those places where you turn a corner and see something wonderful, and even if you have never seen it before, (like the tree), you think, "exactly". And then you turn another corner, and again. Exactly. And again. It's true, you have to get out of the studio. You think, while you're in the studio, working, I have everything I need here. But it just isn't true. It's also out there, down a road, maybe between Raleigh and Durham, just behind a stainless steel tree.

I would LOVE to go to a museum with you, how you see with your eye and your mind and your heart. I think we would be like two kids discovering the world.

Sans! said...

O please please, let me tag along. I promise I will be quiet :).

I love that Plensa piece. I think I can stand underneath that forever just staring into his eyes.

And that tree. Reminds me of a scene in The Fall when a tree in the desert suddenly burst into flame. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460791/

I can feel my senses heightened sitting behind my office desk looking at your pictures. Imagine being there. So yes, do let me tag along :) (hahaha my verification word is "tedledly"

Daydreamer said...

Oh, Amy, there is SO much I want to see... wherever... whenever... Around EVERY next corner! I DO LOVE Looking! It would be fun... So MUCH fun! More Museums are on my List... Someday...!

Amy said...

Sans, I went to see images from The Fall and now I have to go out and rent it. Yes yes, I can completely imagine the steel tree there. There's also a film out there from some years back that was actually pretty awful, I was up very late one night and it was on tv, called The Cell. It had a cruel emptiness to it and made you feel bad about watching it, but the visuals were so arresting I haven't been able to get them out of my head. It felt a bit like that, standing under this tree. Not that it was cruel, but it made you feel amazed by its beauty and frightened by the idea of it, a world filled with steel trees, what that would mean...

Betsey, my someday museums are still a long list too, in Amsterdam, in Madrid, in Italy...

Amy said...

Sans, I just looked it up, and guess what, both movies have the same director!

Sans! said...

O yes, The Cell. I couldn't watch it for more than 15 minutes without dozing off. I couldn't understand why either because I love The Fall so much. The visuals in The Cell are just as distinctive and bizarrely mind-blowing plus the whole investigative journey through the mind of Pure Evil as a plot really appealed to me. But no, my reaction to The Cell was diametrically different from the one I felt for The Fall. It was Cold vs Fiery Hot. It was only after The Fall that I sat through the whole 1 hr plus (rewinding a few times !) for The Cell.

Watch The Fall and tell me what you think, Amy.

Amy said...

I just reserved it from the library.

pb said...

you've made me want to visit this wonderful place Amy - it's all just stunning.

Amy said...

If you ever can-(I realize it's a bit of a trek for you, but you never know!)-it's completely worth it. I didn't know about it at all, and now I'll never forget what I saw there...and I didn't have time for the sculpture garden!