Mister BS and I love art museums. Whenever we travel, we always try to stop at local museums, both large and small. His grandma purchased a membership to the Nelson-Atkins this year, and we finally got to see the World’s Fair exhibit last week, so even though we’re not going on a trip together this summer, we had a mid week date to make up for it. You can’t take pictures of the special exhibit, but we did take a stroll through the permanent collection. Here are some of my favorites pieces.
This is Joseph Cornell’s A Pantry Ballet. Cornell is one of my favorite artists. He wasn’t trained as a painter, sculptor, he was just a guy who liked to collect random odd things and assembled them into whimsical scenes as gifts for his friends. That’s my kind of art. I love working with found objects. He was also a big fan of ballet, like me. They have quite a collection of his work at the Art Institute of Chicago. You can learn more about him on this website, which also accepts submissions of Cornell-inspired boxes.
Too Soon for Thunder by Kay Sage was a gift to the Nelson from the artist. Her surrealist influences are obvious. I love the color scheme.
Mosca’s Atalanta and Meleager with the Calydonian Boar is a 16th century sculpture of Carrara marble. I know I think killing a boar together is a great date.
Being surrounded by such great and diverse art is inspiring. I can’t help but get ideas for new stories. It’s amazing what small dea a certain piece might spark that eventually leads to a new story. Since I’m intermittently harvesting short story ideas, it was a very fruitful day for my little Moleskin notebook. For me, sometimes the best way for me to work on my writing is to take a stroll through the gallery.
What’s your favorite museum to visit?