Anders' class was one of the first student groups to tour the Mint Museum Uptown, which just opened in Charlotte, North Carolina in October of 2010. We were confined to the fourth floor on our hour-long tour but we still felt rushed. The students and adults alike could have spent a whole day at the museum without running out of things to see.
Can I just tell you how much I LOVE this bathing suit?! Maybe not in wool, but the black is very slimming, and no more bikini waxing and no more situps necessary for a beach-ready body. This suit was considered very daring at the time due to the low neckline and bare arms. Oh, how times have changed...
|Philip the Fair by Kehinde Wiley, 2006, Oil & Enamel on Canvas|
I'm about as far from an urban minority man as you can get, but I'd love it if someday Wiley could paint my portrait. I'd like it to be a spoof of Jacques-Louis David's portrait of Madame Récamier, except that I'd be wearing my husband's sweatpants and thermal T-shirt, I'd have a messy ponytail instead of an elegant hairdo, and I'd be holding a big Starbucks coffee cup.
Madame Récamier by Jacques-Louis David, 1800
|Einstein, 1988, by Judy Fox, Terra Cotta & Casein Paint|
Still, it's more than a little alarming to come around the corner in the museum and see a life-size, very realistic looking naked baby apparently sailing through the air!
Another exhibit that the students particularly enjoyed was this huge sculpture by Danny Lane incorporating different types of glass, steel, mirror, poplar burl wood, and LED lights.
|Threshold, 2010, by Danny Lane|
|Side View of Threshold|
|Anders checks out Pacific Rose 1997, an included glass sculpture by John Kuhn|
|Realm of Dream 2007, by Binh Pho, Turned & Carved Box Elder, Paint, Gold Leaf & Dye|
If you live in the Charlotte area, I strongly recommend you check out the Mint Museum Uptown. If not, go explore the museums in your neck of the woods. I wasn't expecting much from our art museum since Charlotte is such a small city, but I was pleasantly surprised. And if you live in a big city like New York or Chicago and you have never visited your art museum, shame on you!