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4/12/14 10:17 A

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A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed the Robert Indiana "Beyond Love" exhibit at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. It runs through May 25, 2014.

www.mcnayart.org/index.php?option=co
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content&view=article&id=154&Itemid=28


If that link is not still working by the time you read this, take a look at this one:

robertindiana.com/work/

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12/14/12 1:19 P

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Finally got my museum fix yesterday!

I went to the "Aphrodite and the Gods of Love" exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art, organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Very interesting!

samuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exh
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12/1/12 11:54 A

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There are some really good exhibits at the San Antonio Museum of Art and at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio that I have not had to opportunity to visit yet. I'm past ready for a museum fix!

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10/13/12 1:18 P

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Women and Their Work is a gallery in Austin, Texas. Not a museum, but the closest I've been to a museum in the past few weeks. I saw a really good show there this month -- a fundraiser featuring art work from over 100 of their artists. All of the pieces I fell in love with were already sold, so I didn't come home with any new art works.

Here's some info about the organization:
www.womenandtheirwork.org/about_watw
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7/19/12 7:47 P

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This past week I visited the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. Lots of aircraft on display, and many interesting exhibits. Has anyone else been there?
www.navalaviationmuseum.org/


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5/12/12 11:02 A

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I visited the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin this past week. Besides their wonderful collection and interesting exhibitions, one of my favorite things about the museum is the large installation on the museum walls that surrounds you as you walk up the stairs, "Stacked Waters" by Teresita Fernandez.

Not that I really like to reference Wikipedia, but I did find one of the better photographs of this permanent installation on the artist's page:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresita_Ferna
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4/21/12 12:58 P

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I just got back from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, where I saw an excellent exhibit of Willem Van Aelst's works.
I was so impressed with his attention to detail, as he used a brush with a single hair to depict the rabbit fur and feathers on birds.

mfah.org/exhibitions/elegance-and-re
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9/25/11 1:25 P

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I also visited the exhibit "Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories" at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco a few weeks ago. This exhibit is no longer there, but as of today (9-25-11) information and exhibition highlights about the show are still on the museum website.

If you're so inclined, there's even a link to download paper dolls of Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas!

www.thecjm.org/index.php?option=com_
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events&scope=exbt&task=detail&oid=9


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9/25/11 1:19 P

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"The de Young hosts an extraordinary exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) from the permanent collection of Paris’s world-renowned Musée National Picasso. The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, made possible only because of the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso until 2012 for extensive renovations, comprises paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the artist’s career."

I saw this show a few weeks ago in San Francisco, and it will be on exhibit until October 10, 2011, for anyone who may still be able to see it. Great show!

I'm a retired librarian, and I collect prints, sculptures, etc. of women reading. So, of course, one of my favorite paintings in this exhibit was Picasso's 1932 "La Lecture" (Reading), shown at the top of this link. At the gift shop I was a sucker for the bookmark, the refrigerator magnet, and the journal with this painting on the cover!

deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibition
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picasso-masterpieces-mus-e-national-R>picasso-paris


( As of October 20, 2011, the link is still active, but the picture of the painting is no longer there.)

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9/25/11 1:10 P

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"The Steins Collect" in San Francisco a few weeks ago was one of the best exhibits I've ever attended. I liked the way all the paintings were exhibited, and the audio was especially well done. Information about the show is still on the SF MOMA website (as of 9-25-11). Here's another link to additional info about the Stein family and their remarkable influence on the development of modern art.


www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibiti
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8/19/11 3:38 P

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Another exhibit I'll see in San Francisco in September at the de Young Museum is "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National."

deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibition
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picasso-masterpieces-mus-e-national-R>picasso-paris


Looking forward to the shows!

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8/19/11 3:23 P

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I'm going out to San Francisco the first week in September to see The Steins Collect at the SA Museum of Modern Art. Should be a fabulous show.

www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibiti
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7/22/11 10:26 A

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I just saw "The Queen: Art and Image" at the Edinburgh National Gallery. It's quite a provocative look at an icon and how she is envisioned and interpreted and reinterpreted over the decades.

And Lucian Freud has died! For some reasons I thought he was "young" but that's from seeing an interview with him 40+ years ago!

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7/10/11 10:12 A

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I just saw a great exhibition of works by the South African photographer David Goldblatt, at the Victoria & Albert in London. He documented people and places during apartheid in South Africa, in a very compelling, stark, black and white aesthetic- I found it surprisingly moving.

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7/6/11 12:20 A

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Just returned from Marfa, Texas, where I visited the Chinati Foundation, which features installations by several minimalist artists including Donald Judd and Dan Flavin.

www.chinati.org/

Has anyone else ever visited there?

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6/23/11 2:33 P

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I took my two granddaughters (ages 10 & 8) to the McNay Museum in San Antonio last week, their first art museum visits ever. They were both amazed and so impressed that they were seeing "real paintings" that the artists had painted. "Nonna. This is real? Diego Rivera stood in front of this and really painted it with his own brush?" So cute!

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5/23/11 1:30 P

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I was reminded today by Paleobirdy's blog about an installation I saw in about 2003 at the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. If you've never seen artist Andy Goldworthy's work, here's a link to a video for a short introduction:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TWBSMc47bw

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5/11/11 4:14 P

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My daughter and I ended up going back to the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio last Friday. I just can't get over the installation made from Cheez Doodles!

www.mcnayart.org/pdf/SKO..pdf

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5/6/11 10:13 A

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Daughter is flying in from Minneapolis today for Mother's Day week-end, so we'll visit a museum this afternoon. Will let you know which one(s)!

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4/15/11 12:04 P

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I visited the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio again yesterday and saw an interesting exhibition titled "New Image Sculpture." Here's a link to about a 5-minute video about the show if you'd like to take a look.

vimeo.com/20841290?ab

One of the installations in the show was "The Cocktail Party" by artist Sandy Skoglund and it depicts a typical gathering in a living room setting. Cheez Doodles are adhered to every inch of the surface -- the furniture, the walls, the floor, the people, the clothes -- everything! This show ends on May 8, so I'm not sure whether you can get to this link after that date.

www.mcnayart.org/index.php?option=co
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content&view=article&id=154&Itemid=28#


Here's the pdf guide which give more details about "The Cocktail Party." Years ago I used to crave crunchy Cheetos, so I think if I had seen this room of Cheez Doodles at that time I would have broken that craving right away!

www.mcnayart.org/pdf/SKO..pdf

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3/7/11 6:41 P

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I did see the two shows at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts this past week-end.
The Carlos Cruz-Diez show was amazing, like ESAL530 had said. Here is that link again:
www.mfah.org/exhibition/carlos-cruz-
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ez-color-space/


This is the link for the Impressionist & Post-Impressionist exhibit:
www.mfah.org/exhibition/impressionis
t-
and-post-impressionist-masterpieces/


Great shows!

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2/4/11 3:17 P

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Those Tate shows do sound fabulous!
I have tickets to the Houston shows for March 5th. Can hardly wait!

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@IMPROVINGME Thanks for the link to the google art project, I had no idea! I'm loving it!

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Hi everyone!

I just went to the TATE Modern this past Saturday with a friend of mine who is studying in London. It was amazing. The first time I've been and the three shows that we had time to see thoroughly (I had no idea it was so big!) were the Poetry and Dream (Surrealist), States of Flux (Cubism, Futurism, Vorticism, and change and modernity), and Gabriel Orozco. All were absolutely fabulous!

For anyone close to Houston, I believe the Carlos Cruz-Diez retrospective will be at the MFAH on the 6th. That show should be AMAZING and I'm glad I'll get to see that when I go home to visit in April! Mark that on your calendars! Also, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists will be at MFAH (from the National Gallery) also beginning Feb. 20.

Carlos Cruz-Diez http://mfah.org/exhibition/carlos-cruz-die
z-color-space/
Impressionists and Post-Impressionists http://www.mfah.org/exhibition/impressioni
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2/3/11 8:51 P

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Have any of you heard of the new Google Art Project? Pretty impressive! I posted a link on this team site, so you won't have to come back to this message to find it.


www.googleartproject.com/

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1/4/11 12:29 P

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I saw the Kublai Khan exibit at the Met in NYC over Thanksgiving and was completley impressed. Anyone interested in learning more about Asian art should check this out. The curation is wonderful.

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My favorite museum is the IMA, Indianapolis Museum of Art. It is where I got my start in working at museums. I also love the Met, and SFMOMA. Has anyone seen the lectures given at the Met?

I was watching the podcast last night. If you have not seen it, you will have to take the time to treat yourself.



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I went to visit my daughter in Minneapolis over the Thanksgiving holidays, and I really enjoyed visiting several exhibits there.
Went to the Russian Museum of Art, the American-Swedish Institute, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and the Minneapolis Outdoor Sculpture Garden. There are still so many great places I want to visit, so I hope to be able to go back again sometime next summer.

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11/1/10 11:03 A

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I visited the McNay in San Antonio, TX, again last week and saw a traveling exhibit from the Brooklyn Museum titled "Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism." The show was complemented and contrasted with works from the McNay's permanent collection of postwar and contemporary landscape art.

www.mcnayart.org/index.php?option=co
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9/16/10 12:26 A

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My favorite museum is in Victoria BC Canada. The Royal British Columbia museum

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One of my favorite museums in San Antonio, TX, is The McNay Art Museum. Originally built as a residence (a 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival house) in the 1920s, a modernist glass pavilion expansion nearly doubled its size in 2008. The campus is most interesting.
I visited the museum last week and enjoyed the exhibit, "Neither Model nor Muse: Women as Artists."
http://www.mcnayart.org/


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I am a huge fan of any of the Children's Museums. I went to the national one in D.C. when I was little and loved it. just this March I had an internship at the local St. Paul one and I still love it! I would love to design the hands on exhibit's at a Children's museum someday! They are as much fun for adults as they are for children!



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Is that the one in Ohio?



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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is AMAZING!!! I saw the John Lennon exhibit a few years ago it was really cool. emoticon

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What is the coolest museum you have ever been to and where is it? Also have you seen any really interesting exhibits lately?

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