A little bit of everything, but mostly Impressionist landscape and abstract installations. Also, vibrant color. And architecture. Anything that plays with light and shadow. Photography. Multi-textural mixed media using unconventional materials. Whatever catches my eye and inspires me to create art of my own.
Speaking art museums, the MIA in Minneapolis has an odd architecture to it. I’ve always felt a little off in there, and couldn’t say why. Then my sister was visiting and we went to check it out. After about 30 minutes. She started to power walk, not stopping for anything. But she was going on a winding path. Finally she says “how the heck do we get out?” and I realized it was basically a labyrinth to her. I lead her right to the exit, she puked in the grass outside, and she looks ill anytime I mention it. I’ve had other people mention similar experiences, though no one else puked from it, but nausea and disorientation are apparently not all that rare.
@sammydog01 Porcelain. Porcelain’s usually too soft and sticky for hand building, although it’s ideal for wheel throwing. But this was a leftover bag from last session, so it had stiffened up enough to be useful for my purposes.
Impressionists, particularly Monet. I really enjoyed the Art Institute of Chicago because of all the Monet paintings. They also have the Suerat painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”. I’d seen pictures of it before in my art history textbook, but I hadn’t realized just how big it is.
The Sioux City Art Center was also interesting with its emphasis on midwestern artists plus it’s free!
@msklzannie As I kid, I fell in love with Rodin’s The Thinker at the Chicago Art Institute. We went on a school field trip and I was drawn to it as if magnetized. I kept sneaking away from the group to go back to it. I think it freaked my teacher out because it’s a nude. But it was the art and mass of it that drew me. I’ve loved sculpture ever since.
@moondrake@msklzannie During the mid 80s I lived in Philly, less than a year, and my roomie had found the Rodin Museum there! It seemed to be in a rather odd area and if I remember correctly the gardens were un-gated and accessible 24/7. I don’t remember paying or more than 1 or 2 viewers with a very minimum staff while it had the 2nd largest collection outside of the Paris Rodin! I was lucky to visit the Paris Rodin but will never forget my many visits to the Philly one especially the midnight garden walks.
@msklzannie the Seurat is amazing in person, but I think my favorite things at the Art Institute are the Renoir and Degas paintings, especially Renoir’s Two Sisters (on the terrace), which I liked long before it was in the news last year.
As a college student a bunch of us traveled from NY to Toronto to the China exhibit (stuff brought over from China for a traveling art exhibit). It was amazing. I have been to art (and other kinds of) museums in many cities of the USA and world. The museums in the Hague are incredible. There is a museum of wind up, crank, etc. automated music boxes, street organs, and musical instruments near the Dom bell tower in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Some of those instruments in that museum are amazing. Because I play the carillon the museum director played every single instrument (that worked) in that museum for me. So cool.
The building, which I often think is much more interesting than whatever is in it. And yes, I got some in the Louvre, when I noted that it was a palace, and would be more interesting to look at if all of the clutter was removed from the stairways and great halls. (Yes, I was joking. Mostly.) Same with the Guggenheim, but I’m not a big fan of modern art. Not Florence, though, because I remember the sculptures more than the building.
All of it. I don’t favor any particular style, I just know when I like something. Though the Salvador Dalí exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was rather spectacular. (Much more so than the Rocky statue sitting outside.)
THE SNACK CART! WHY AM I AT A MUSEUM IN THE FIRST PLACE??? MY FAVORITE PIECE IS THE PORTRAIT OF YOURS TRULY IN CAMEL DUNG!! IT WAS CREATED WITH AN ENDOWMENT THAT UNDERFUNDED THE BORDER AND ALLOWED GAY ALIENS TO ADOPT WHITE CHILDREN IN THE U.S.!!! NOW WHERE ARE MY SILVER BULLET MAN-DROPS???