The highway is also on the Bourbon Trial that passes through many bourbon distilleries.
We only saw a few sections of this great museum, but I was greatly impressed! If we were not pushing towards home I could have returned here for a few more days.
There were great museum curator comments along with the titles on most of the work that I found interesting so included some of these in quotes.
A few Moore Outside
The empty chair and open book suggests the absence or eventual presence of a solitary figure, creating a quiet mood of anticipation."
Named after a city in northern Italy, Turin evokes both architectural structures such as bridges and grinders and the surging of energy of the metropolis."
De Kooning identified the complex fusion of references present in Woman IV: ancient fertility goddesses, Mesopotamian idols, Venus, the traditional female nude, contemporary women, the pin-up of the early 1950's and even abstract forms of nature.
Fully aware of the ambiguity of form and the content in his paintings, he observed: "Content is a glimpse of something, an encounter like a flash." De Kooning's Woman IV. like the others in this series, is not definitively interpreted. Instead, it remains open, inviting speculation, while suggesting the artist's intense engagement with the concept of woman."
A liquidity of paint, rich colors and delicate black lines enliven the softly brushed forms in Cornfield Of Health II. Just below the center and to the right floats an ovoid of yellow with a blue and black center. A signature motif in Gorky's work, this shape recalls a cell and its nucleus, thus evoking the eternal flux of life."
The artist sketched from nature in the Maine landscape where he lived and then returned to his studio to produce large-scale painting. Late Squall presents a grand view of Mount Megunticook in winter. It revels Welliver's interest in capturing the fleeting, ephemeral quality fo light and pervasive mood."
In Endless, Rothenberg depicts an inverted figure tumbling in an ambiguous, painterly space. The figure is the artist herself- tentative and vulnerable, fragmented and floating. The figure is also every person struggling physically and psychologically to live in the world. Rothenberg has said, "I want life to be the journey that gets you to the realest place in your psyche. That's what you should be able to paint."
"Presence and absence. The words imply opposite state of being. Something or someone is either present or absent. But can these two contradictory conditions occur at the same time?
In a new body of work, English artist Tom Price explores this theme. What appears to be present may actually represent absence, while the reverse is also true. The hollow bodies made of coal, record a person, but the person is not here. Small disks and vine-like forms that seen to float in the resin are crack and void.
In his rok, Price investigates new uses for typically industrial materials. using coal. a form of carbon, one the basic building blocks of our universe. Price casts life-sized bodies and geometric voids. A more modern substance, resin is pushed to a past it's limits, creating fractures and melting globs of tar.
By using unusual material, yet in recognizable and simpler forms, Price ask us to look at the world with fresh eyes. We consider our relationship to the environment and the presence of the now and the absence of the past and the future."
It is my desire to view nature through nature's eyes...to truly become...a part of the very earth, thus to view the inner surfaces and the life elements.
Isamu Noguchi was one the most innovative artists fo the 20th century. He made drawings, ceramics, photographs and sculptures. He designed chess sets, stage sets, furniture, lights, gardens and urban playscapes. His collaborations with creators such as the visionary architect Buckminster Fuller and the pioneering dancer Martha Graham are legendary. The unifying thread in all of these endeavors is Noguchi's devotion to nature --nature as origin, fact, material and mystery--and our place in it.
Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904. His American mother was a writer and editor, while his Japanese father was a poet. he spent his childhood in Japan, his youth in the United States, his maturity in New York and Europe and much of his later life in Japan."
LOVE, LOVE his work!
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Wow! What an incredible exhibit! I have not seen so much art from the Plains Indians at one time and I was impressed greatly with their ceremonial clothing and beadwork especially. This work is on par with the artful pottery creations of the Pueblo people.
"This carving depicts a lunging horse in its last moment of life, and the red triangles represent the animal's bleeding wounds. Successful warriors danced with such objects in performances honoring horses wounded or killed in battle. Renowned artist and veteran warrior Joseph No Two Horns (1852-1942) is believed to have created this work, possibly with help from another carver."
"This sculpture portrays the buffalo as a symbol of reproduction. It also celebrates the animal's physical strength. Straddling a ridged phallus, the bull is rooted to the ground. The monumental animal looks straight ahead with nostrils flaring. Its stance is one of might and potency. From the time Cheyenne people migrated onto the Plains, they considered the buffalo a sacred relative. The regeneration of the herds was central to the tribe's physical and cultural survival."
Southern Plains women favored one-piece boots over a combination of moccasins and leggings. They wore these with painted-hide and later, trade-cloth dresses. The blue and green stained leather serves as a striking background for beadwork and rows of metal buttons. The complex linear, box-like designs on the top fo the moccasins contrast with the running triangular and rectangular bands.
Followers of the Ghose Dance religion created this sacred dress to wear to ceremonies. Spiritual visions inspired the images on the garment. Earlier Arapahoe traditions also informed the symbols. Turtle represent the earth. Eagles, magpies and crows serve as messenger to the heavens. The Ghost Dance spread across the Plains in 1889-1890. Believers thought it would bring back the old way of life."
"All of the elements of a Plains women's belt set are present in this little girl's fancy ensemble. Hanging from the belt, studded with German silver conchos, are three strike-a-light bags (for flint and steel or government ration cards), a pouch, and various tool cases. Charms for protection add special meaning -- a diamond shaped amulet, deer tails, a wooden bead, and two shells. Metal cones on four ornaments provided a jingling sound."
It was a great way to end our tour of the building and its exhibits.
We loved this one!!
Installed in the early 1930's, this gallery recreates a setting typical of a Chinese Buddhist temple. The ceiling panels and central coffier vault come from the Zhihua temple in Beijing, built in the 15th century at the order of Wang Zhen, a powerful eunuch at the imperial Ming court. The glory of his temple lies in its star-shaped coffiered vault, an ancient architectural form referred to int Chinese as the "ornamental well." As with all traditional Chinese architecture, it is constructed entirely without nails using intricate mortise-and-tenon joinery. The panels on either side of the vault are inscribed with Buddhist mantras in Sanskritic script. The door panels with their latticed windows originally inlaid with paper come from their residence of a high official but are also typical of temple architecture. The columns and lintels are 1930's reconstructions faithfully imitating Chinese architecture and coated in vermillion paint imported specially from China. The mural and sculptures come from other locations and date between 12th and 15th centuries.
A small museum, but worth the trek up the hill to see it and the art inside.
Rules for Teachers 1872
1. Teachers each day will fill lamps and clean chimneys.
2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's sessions.
3. Make your pens carefully you may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils.
4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.
5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
7. Every teacher should lay aside from each day a goodly sum of his earnings for the benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.
8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barbershop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity or honesty.
9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.
I'd like to return here to see more of the art. It had the highest concentration of good art galleries on our entire trip. The Denver Art Museum was a beautiful building with great artwork!
"Colorado artist Daniel Sprick is known as one of American's finest painters working today in a realist tradition. But what is it that makes his work compelling?"
It may be that despite how "real" they look, these paintings are in fact fictions. Slow looking helps us recognize that each is a result of his skill as a painter -- how he poses his subjects, how he employs a multiplicity of techniques from deft transparencies to think impasto to messy scrumbling, how he creates an atmospheric glow -- joined with his poetic intentions.
As Sprick himself says, "Expression is the whole purpose. Otherwise, you can do really technically correct artwork that is lifeless. I want to express the level of emotion that is meaningful to other people besides myself." Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting & Sculpture
'This series started off with a few simple ideas. I work intuitively and without thought of a completed piece. My style is not realistic, but the notion or impression of the city skyline was in mind.
I have been observing Denver's skyline since 1965 when there were tall building downtown. It has, of course, changed over the years.
I wanted to try to simplify my work -- less color and wildfire.
I started with black and the skyline, changed my mind and added the red and yellow eventually. There are some pieces that resemble the forest "skyline" and some the city. It is just what happened. My art has a mind all of its own.' ----- Michaele Keyes 2014
The Reading Room - A Place for Artists Books
This gallery has some interesting work, but it was difficult to photograph. They have a good selection of Coptically Bound Books.
We drove over 22,000 miles in 178 days.
Overnighting in Parking lots - We stayed overnight in parking lots for a total of 61 nights (178 days in the trip) and we easily saved thousands of dollars on camping fees. Unfortunately, the best parking lots were the Walmarts in Canada with their fast free Wifi (no free Wifi in USA). Before this trip I had avoided Walmart due to their employee policies, so it was a stretch in the beginning before we realized they were most often the only choice and the safest place to stay. In a parking lot there is never mud, we can usually find a level spot and usually services are close by. Often big stores have a large grassy area where the dogs can run off leash. On the downside they are often noisy in the early morning hours with sweepers and the night shift shuffle and chatter, but we still found them to be a good option. Much to our surprise sometimes the campgrounds were extremely noisy and worse than any parking lot! To find free places to stay we used the website http://www.overnightrvparking.com/
Hotels - Twice we booked a room in hotel so that we could use their parking lot to sleep in our rig. We did this in Chicago and Niagara Falls where camping was difficult. We used their shower, but actually preferred to sleep in "own bed."
Car repairs - we had a few car repairs including a rip-off oil change up for $170 in D.C. While in Nebraska at the beginning of the trip we had a serious freeze that caused some issue with our fresh water pipes. We had several service people look at it, but no one wanted to do the work to replace it since it was going to take ten days to get replacement parts from the factory. We tried while in Quebec for a long period, but they didn't speak English well and were unwilling to do the job. Everyone just tried to talk us out of getting it done and would think of new ways for us to use it as is. The problem got worse as the trip progressed and we ended the trip only being able use about 5 gallons of our 35 gallons of water since the tanks would not fill or pump properly. We bought several gallon jugs of water that we kept in our tiny bathroom. Beside the water issues the rig ran very well. Now that we are home we will get it fixed at Roadtrek dealer.
Hair cuts - I cut the front of my hair and Tom did the back. Before we left my hair stylist showed Tom how to cut my hair and he did a great job! I cut his as well. We are considering keeping up our "home care" routine.
Illness - We never got sick the entire trip! We made a point of making sure we got plenty of rest and only had to get up early a few days when we had an early morning tour.
Food - We mostly prepared out own meals and actually ate quite well. Often the biggest challenge was to find fresh produce. We only ate dinner out 6 times in 6 months, but we did enjoy eating out for lunch often.
Moods - We never had an argument and weren't even snippy with each other in the small space. We were both happy to be on the road and were very accommodating to each other's needs.
In the end we felt like we truly knew what it was to live in a van. We are both glad that we made the trip and would like to go again, but probably a shorter trip is next on the agenda.