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Friday, January 6, 2012

Three Art Chicks


Today Wesley and I went with my good pal Laura to see the Rembrandt exhibit at the NC Museum of Art. What a great museum this is, I love going there and seeing some of my old friends they have in their collection. A few years ago they had the Monet exhibit and it was breath taking. The Rembrandt exhibit, not so breath taking for me, I'm more of a Georgia O'Keefe, Andrew Wyeth fan, but it was amazing art nonetheless. The only thing is, it was old people day apparently, and the room was very crowded with slow moving folks and their audio listening tour devises. Who came up with this concept!? It does not move the crowds along, it's irritating! We were women behaving badly, laughing inappropriately and saying inappropriate things, like my comment that Rembrandt looked like he had a serious coke habit brought a stinky eye look from one of the audio tour participants, who obviously didn't have the volume up enough on her head set. It was sort of a yawn for me, the one with the attention span of a knat. The room was hot and moist and as Wesley said, it smelled like old people. So that is my very eloquent review of the show, not quite worth the $35 I spent, when I can stroll over to the regular museum and see some of my favs for free, but I least I can say I have seen a very well put together exhibit of Rembrandt. I know the curators worked very hard putting this show together. UNC TV had a great special on it, I think it's still running, if you live where you get NC public TV check it out.




 Now that's what I'm talking about, who needs Rembrandt when there is fiber art?! I love these pieces in the permanent collection.
 These are some close ups of some African thing that I love and gravitate to whenever I visit. I want a sofa upholstered like this!

 and here is my charming daughter flipping me off behind Laura while we wait in line for lunch at Neomonde Deli in Raleigh. Go there, go there, go there if you visit Raleigh. OMG, the best food ever!!!
That's it for chick art day. We had a great day, laughed a lot, saw some fabulous art, bought some art supplies at Jerry's Art a rama (isn't that a great name) and my child figured out how to get her head out of her ass and have a good time (sorry that was mean, but it's true xox), I love her, but honest to God....... it's been a rough Christmas! Thanks to Laura for being the balance between mother and daughter and the voice of reason :)  doing the mom thing is so annoying sometimes, especially for the child that has to be a participant haha! We are all inspired now, however, with new supplies and a new year with all the planets forming a straight line into the fifth world, Rock on!

10 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

I think I ate there once and thought the food was so good!
Looks like fun and I am in for the fiber! I have dreams that we will have a fiber day soon.

Tracey Broome said...

Yes! Fiber day, good idea :)

Dennis Allen said...

Word to Wesley - Don't flip Mom off until after she pays for your lunch. Glad you all had a good day.Home to college is a tough transition for everyone but you and Wes have a great foundation. It will work out.

Tracey Broome said...

Haha! Actually the finger was sort of a joke from earlier in the day:) Wes is a smart girl, she will work it out!

jimgottuso said...

hi tracey, good to hear you had a fun day. unfortunately and even though i have nothing against rembrandt or monet for that matter, i think that the whole thing... meaning choosing rembrandt and using the little "tour" recordings is an economic decision by the museum. as less and less people have ever heard of any artists other than rembrandt, picasso or monet, the museums feel they need to get these exhibitions in order to get anyone to come visit. i used to think that contemporary museums were the alternative to that but they're usually on the bleeding edge of the art world and there's a big unrepresented gap between that "cutting edge" and the moldy old masters. unfortunately it's the same with music as our orchestra in louisville is internationally famous for modern (or contemporary) classical compositions (read: esoteric) but in order to stay in business the playlist for any given concert will have one modern piece and two or three other pieces that are inevitably either mozart, beethoven or bach. i believe it's the current cultural climate of anti-intellectualism brought about in no small amount by our "politicians" (read: insane clown posse).

Tracey Broome said...

Jim I tottally agree with you, our education system is failing the arts greatly. There are so many other great artists that could be featured that are current and could be our future Monets, but who will know them?

cindy shake said...

Been there sister with the offspring!!
Sorry to disagree with Jim, but I LOVE seeing any old master oil and feel everyone should experience those originals in person. The energy and history those old paintings emit is hard to replicate -harder to explain, it's just a feeling I have whenever I stand before great art that has captured light in a beautiful way by brush stroke. I think the biggest mistake people make with old masters is they try and over analyze the art - view it and just feel the quiet love :)

Tracey Broome said...

I hear ya Cindy, know what you mean. It's not that I didn't appreciate the art,the experience just wasn't very pleasant,too crowded,too hot. Love my offspring, she is just spreading those wings!

Kings Creek Pottery said...

I love the way you nurture your creative soul- you inspire (remind) me to do the same :) Glad life is getting back on a more even keel for you (Wes)!!!

M E Garde said...

If I had my way those audio tours would be abolished. Or at least, people would be required to go through the exhibit first without the audio tour, and actually look at the work with their own eyes and brains, before disembodied voices start telling them what they should be seeing. One thing I did like about the Rembrandt was the suggestion in the one room containing mostly questioned "Rembrandts," that invited people to evaluate them and try to make a judgment themselves whether they were genuine.