Dan was worried when we first awoke because the fog was as thick as pea soup. By the time we left at 10 a.m., it had lifted enough that there was enough visibility to drive. The day was mostly cloudy.
Our objective was to get to Lawrence, Kansas with enough time to take in the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. We arrived at 1:30, giving us 2 1/2 hours before the museum closed at 4 p.m.
|Entrance to the Spencer Museum of Art|
An exhibit on the roles of black women in the 19th C. by a woman from South Africa named Mary Sibande featured fanciful clothing of household servants.
In order to show off their one painting by Vasari, they brought in a few other paintings from the period for a little show on Vasari's influence.
The upper floor was given over to their 20th C. art. It was a big jumble, with paintings stacked up to the ceiling with no discernible order, sometimes hidden by sculpture.
|This jumbled presentation is maddening for photographers.|
|The Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley, |
by Thomas Hart Benton 1934, Dan's photo
|Violet Persian Set with Red Lip Wraps by Dale Chihuly|
|Untitled (Stack), 1967, by Donald Judd|
|Figure with Flowers, 1961, by Paul Wonner|
A special treat for me was a sounding sculpture by Bertoia that we were actually allowed to touch; the vibration of the thin vertical rods sounds like rainfall or a run on a harp.
One glass cabinet had a witty group of small sculptures, as shown in my photos below. The two standing figures are by 19th Century sculptors: in the background was Swords into Plowshares by Frenchman Edouard Drouot. The yawning figure is by Englishman Frederic Leighton. The bust in the foreground is by a 20th Century artist who is known for his paintings of contemporary black men in traditional poses, Kehinde Wiley.
|The classical style lives on|
|St. Francis of Adelaide by Kehinde Wiley, born 1977|