Inquiry, Discussion, and Experimentation

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I decided to spend Mother’s Day at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. It’s free and parking is $3. Amazing for LA. The museum is the right size to see it all in an afternoon. They always have special events like performance art, workshops, sketching, etc. This time the AIX Scent Fair was featured and you could spend time sketching. Taking pictures from the outside can be fun too.

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The Hammer also creates an inviting environment to sit and rest or spin on chairs. It was fun to people-watch as they rested or had conversations on quilted or wooden chairs and benches.

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“Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1033-1957” was the show that brought me here. I have a book about this already, but I wanted to see the actual art. Even though I have seen work by several of the artists before, it was great to see them together. I realized how much the artists from this college influenced contemporary art, dance, music, and poetry. The work that I create has been inspired by many in this show: Anni & Josef Albers, Robert Creeley, Merce Cunningham, Ruth Asawa, Elaine & Willem de Konning, Robert Rauschenberg, Peter Voulkos, Susan Weil, and many others. I spent time with Anni Albers’ weavings and listened to the poets voices. Watched a video of Merce dancing and listened to John Cage. I like combining the arts and this college had that happen often.

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Seeing exhibitions can refill your spirit and give you fresh ideas. I listened to an echo inside of Oscar Tuazon’s sculture and marveled at the magic of each person in “Catherine Opie Portraits.”

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The Museum gift shop is a fun exploration. I was happy to find at the entrance a cart of poetry by people of color. I own some of these books and know some of the authors. I picked up a chapbook by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde that is hand-bound and found “Four From Japan: Contemporary Poetry & Essays by Woman.”

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Add dinner and phone calls with the kids and it’s a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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~ by fiberverse on May 9, 2016.

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