I had the honor of visiting the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC before their upcoming exhibit, Until I Was Taught and other works. My cousin Herman Keith and 5 other artists are included in the exhibit. I got to tag along with my cousin as he delivered his artwork. I met many of the very nice people that are dedicated to the success of the gallery.
This exhibit will be very thought provoking and some of the works may be a little controversial to some people. But those works are expressing truths that exist.
We will be attending tonight and I just thought it would be great to do a Before the Exhibit post. Be on the lookout for the After the Exhibit post!
Since we moved two blocks from the subway, I have rarely used it for trips downtown because there is an abundance of weekend track work. So today thankfully it is operating as scheduled.
I got on and headed to Farragut North.
The museum is about five blocks from the subway stop.
Upon arriving, I promptly stopped at Todd Gray’s Muse Cafe. 🙂 for a bite to eat. I had the Fried Chickpea. I also purchased a scone to go. The food was excellent. Do you remember the days of museum and amusement park food of old where it was disgusting even for the palate of a teenager? Well, those days are gone. This was 3.5-4 star quality.
The gallery is a very eclectic gallery. The art went from old to new.
I came upon a painting draw by an African-American painter, Joshua Johnson. According to Wikipedia he may have been the “first person of first person of color to make a living as a painter in the United States.” He painted pictures of well to do people. I would have never guessed that this situation existed. Though my common sense knows that African-Americans are multitalented multifaceted people, my people, I just never thought of this. Here he painted a family portrait.
There were many other paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Some that I hope one day to understand such as the one below. I know it has a lot of meaning and I know that I just need to read the history of the artist. And I know the artist got their inspiration from someone. I just need to search a little deeper for that meaning. 🙂
All in all my visit was very good. At first I tried to read the captions by each piece of art, but I had to stop and just enjoy the art as time went on. Take a look at some of the other art by visiting their Collections page.
I went to the Philips Collection Degas exhibit on December 11, 2011.
The pictures were beautiful and definitely showed his passion for movement and ballet.
It brought back thoughts of when I took ballet as a little girl. All that I remember is having cute pink ballet slippers, a leotard, and the fluffy outfit. I remember first position. I don’t remember much more. But seeing the pictures, I was thinking how hard it is to actually be a ballerina. It is a lot of hard work and then in the end your career probably doesn’t last for the length of time that a “normal” career last because of the strain on your body.
I wish that I was the type of writer that can describe a picture to you in words, but at this point I am not. Suffice it to say there was plenty of detail, plenty of color, and lots of action in the paintings.
My husband and I recently went to Philadelphia. During that visit we went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I don’t remember why we went to the PMA, but I am so glad we did! During that time there was a special Cezanne exhibit in progress. The tickets were sort of pricey so my husband and I decided to purchase a Supporter level membership. This membership would get us into the museum, the exhibit, a discount on parking, and entry into 50 other museums around the country.
I am so glad we did this. The Cezanne exhibit sparked an interest in art in us. I have always enjoyed looking at the “pretty” pictures, but while looking at the art, something changed. The exhibit included artwork from Cezanne but then it also included art from other artists that were influenced by Cezanne. The other artists’ works ranged from works that were very similar to something more modern to more abstract to one that was a big blue swath that was to represent the water in the original painting.
As we viewed the art the spark of interest started. I was so fascinated by the original works and the interpretations. I now want to learn more about the artists lives and why they painted a particular painting. Why is the painting dark, how did they make the veins in Socrates’ feet show up, why does the head in look so crazy, why didn’t they put clothes on those ladies, was chubby in vogue during those times, were all of those men really that muscular, how did they make the colors so vivid, did they really just throw paint on a canvas, why do I like this picture?
As we go on our museum and art journey, I hope to find the answers to those questions and explore a whole new world which is accessible to all.