Sunday, May 7, 2017

ART.



Art.
As I mentioned in the previous post, ART has become somewhat of a fourth member of the family. For the past year, we’ve spent a lot of weekend time at the St. Louis Art Museum. One of Autumn’s favorite things to do on the weekend is brunch and a visit to the Art museum. On a daily basis, she creates Art; at school, at home, and her after school program. She’s very much into making stuff, of course that also includes a mess. Toys seem to be a pastime, and she’d rather spend her money at Michaels and time on cutting, coloring, gluing, painting etc. Her eyes light up at the thought of a creation, an idea. So what do Re and I do? We encourage and support her love for Art.


She can spot a Van Gogh, and her Art preferences include Modern, Contemporary and Abstract Art. We’ve recently visited the Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago, National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in D.C.
While visiting the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, I dragged little Miss with me in hopes of viewing the Infinity Mirrors exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. This was something I was really excited to see! So we arrived early to a long line. Starting out at 400 passes available, I took a guess and thought there was no way there was 400 people in front of us, we were as good as IN. Time passed as we became closer to the entry; we stood in line for 2 hours. As passes started to dwindle, I crossed my fingers, hoping we were going to get inside. With about 20-30 people in front of us, they gave us the devastating  news of NO MORE PASSES! The 30 or so of us were devastated, a young boy age 3 or 4 began to cry. I felt like a bad mom for having Autumn wait with me and we weren’t even going inside. Turns out that each person in line has the opportunity to receive up to 5 passes, which can quickly add up to 400. I managed to ask questions, found a loop hole and scooped up Members passes at a low rate. WE WERE IN! Of course as we went in, we realized the exhibit consisted of more lines, more waiting. Autumn was in awe of every experience/project. She never complained of the time spent waiting, she knew at the end of each line, there was going to be another amazing experience.  The Infinity Mirrors features six of Kusama's iconic kaleidoscopic spaces. Within 20-30 seconds, you absorb and lose yourself within the mind and legacy of the artist. Using mirrors, Kusama transformed the intense repetition of her earlier paintings and works on paper into a perceptual experience. Each space has a story, a purpose. I was truly inspired and within the first few seconds of the first Room, Phalli’s Field, looking down at Autumn, the awe in her face, I had a feeling of euphoria. I’m glad we experienced this together, the line was worth the wait.



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