Friday, February 25, 2011

The Brooklyn Museum!

Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party at the Brooklyn Art Museum

We didn't explore the floors with Asian or African art - just too much for one day, nor did we even peek at the special Norman Rockwell exhibit, but we saw lots of other stuff.
There's a terrific collection of Egyptian artifacts (the blue goddess is Isis, my cat's namesake).
And from another part of the museum is this lovely butterfly gate, that I'd be happy to have by my garden. And this gorgeous sculpture of cast glass with light shining through.

There was a special exhibit called "Tipi - heritage of the great plains", including this Blackfeet tipi (my husband in front). Dig those beaded sneaker cowboy boots!

We spent a bit of time in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which includes the long-term installation of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. Amazing. The piece celebrates the achievements of over 100 women, both actual and mythical, many of whom had been ignored by history until "reclaimed" by feminist scholars. Here's a sample of three placesettings. (A photo of the entire piece is at the top of the post.)

And a couple of other interesting pieces from the Sackler Center:

Now we're home from NYC. I'm tired and my legs ache, but the cat, who was home alone (with daily visits from a cat-sitter) was SO happy to see us! Lots of rubs and hugs and kitty-talk; she slept on my feet (and kept them toasty warm) last night. :-) It was POURING in the Big Apple yesterday morning and I was out walking (shopping at a multitude of bead stores) and got SOAKED. But I bought lots of cool beads and am use them! Then we arrived home to a foot of freshly fallen SNOW. Hubby shoveled for what seemed like hours, in the dark last night, and more again today, and there's still more to do. (He refuses to consider getting a snowblower.) Our snowbanks are HIGH and frankly I'm 'over' winter; I'm ready for spring.
I'll save my grandfather's work for a separate post, as I'm supposed to be doing something else right now. :-)

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