Tuesday, August 4, 2009

the best way to travel

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
Robert Frost (1874-1963) poet

for years I've been trying to get to the american visionary art museum in baltimore - finally last week I made it! what can I say, but wow, wow, wow!!!! I was accompanied by susan's alice and my sister and her family, who graciously drove up to baltimore to pick me up at the airport. all of us were blown away by the museum. photographs were not allowed in the main building, but I did manage to take some snaps on the museum's grounds and inside an adjacent building which housed some exhibits on the history of the museum, classrooms, and the visiting art cars (hunter, the driver of the 'brass van' said it was a-okay to take photos of the cars). here's a slide show of avam for those interested in taking a wee fantastic journey. (oh and here's the link to a set of six snaps of alice checking out avam)

the reason for the weekend jaunt was to help celebrate my father's birthday - he turned 87 yesterday. yeah dad!!

I returned to cleveland on sunday and it's back to busy-ness as usual!


it was hard to decide which moody blues song to feature, it was this and this - the moody blues seems like the group to accompany my post on this phantasmagorical museum!


p.s. whoops I got sidetracked listening to moody blues songs and forgot to add some more birthday wishes! today is president obama's 48th birthday!! according to the tibetan astrology this is his year! obama was born in 1961, which was the year of the iron ox; this year, by the way is the year of the earth ox. happy birthday mr. president!! speaking of birthday's today is also the 219th birthday of the united states coast guard and the 2nd birthday of matilda, the cattle dog!

13 comments:

John Hayes said...

What a great place--loved your slide shows, & those are some of my favorite settings for Susan's Alice.

Merle Sneed said...

I've never been to Baltimore.

ArtSparker said...

What a wonderful place. Now I want to go to Baltimore (on the way to Barcelona).

mouse (aka kimy) said...

john - glad you enjoyed the slide show! alice sure does get around!

merle - I hope you can get there one day - it is a great city! there is talk that cleveland may develop the shore or lake erie (around the science center and rock hall) to resemble the inner harbor of baltimore - I'd love to see that. the two cities have a lot in common.

susan - avam would be a great preamble to barcelona - the mosiacs of the building and some of the art cars was very gaudisque!! I hope you are going to barcelona! what a wonderful place!

Sandra Leigh said...

You know, I could walk into that museum and not come out for weeks.

subtorp77 said...

kimy, been to Baltimore but not AVAM(rats!), so I'll just have to settle for your's and Alice's visit, for now( not sure where my Alice wants to go exploring, first...) And happy birthday to your Dad! Cool slide and Moody Blues :)

mum said...

Alice must have had a field day at that museum. I love the giant pink poodles.

(happy birthday to Matilda°

Ronda Laveen said...

You are so right about the Moody Blues being the perfect music for this trip. Looks like Alice had a nice visit with her friends. Your dad is 87? Yes!

Roy said...

Cool slide shows. I'm from the Baltimore area originally, but AVAM is long after my time.

Speaking of Alice... At the Folk Festival on Saturday (I wasn't there in person - no money - but I listened in on NPR's live stream of the festival) Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were running so late due to their plane being off schedule that they actually had a high-speed police escort from Logan airport in Boston to backstage at Fort Adams. They came onstage in the clothes they travelled in and with the two guitars they'd had as carry-ons; all the rest of their luggage was still at Logan at that point. Gillian was without both her glasses and her contacts, so she was telling the audience that to her they were a big blur with splotches of color, and it was turning out to be a very psychedelic experience. At that point she said something to Dave off-mic, and they launched into Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit"! It was a classic moment!

Megan said...

Those were fun shows! Wow, that van. Just wow.

You picked some great spots for Alice to visit.

Happy Birthday to Papa Mouse!

Coffee Messiah said...

Very cool and nice shots!

Hope all is well with you and yours!

Tom said...

awesome slide show, and love how Alice showed up too...she's fit in perfect with some of those exhibits...and maybe the curators would think of leaving her there!

Brian Miller said...

nice pics...used to live in Bmore...but did not visit...sad....happy bday to pops!