Monday, September 14, 2009

m is for museum

The city as a center where, any day in any year, there may be a fresh encounter with a new talent, a keen mind or a gifted specialist / this is essential to the life of a country. To play this role in our lives a city must have a soul / a university, a great art or music school, a cathedral or a great mosque or temple, a great laboratory or scientific center, as well as the libraries and museums and galleries that bring past and present together. A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know.

Margaret Mead (1901-1978) anthropologist

mmmmmm.....so many magnificant words begin with the letter m! the one that comes to mind immediately is museum. I like what margaret mead had to say about cities - and how museums can bring past and present together.

this was a special weekend at the cleveland museum of art. saturday was member appreciation day and saturday and sunday was the annual museum sponsored chalk festival. f and I took advantage of member appreciation day ~ it was marvelous. we particularly enjoyed the gallery talk on the museum's photography collection and the tour of the museum's ingall library. we were totally mesmerized by several of the books - the manuscript william morris designed of chaucer's canterbury tales was magical. speaking of magical, have you ever heard of fore edge books?


no sense mincing words, enjoy the shows - in the first you will see how the museum's major renovation is coming along - the original 1916 building is nearing completion (the floor which houses the armor court and other galleries is complete) and the new east wing is open and home to the museum's first ever gallery devoted to photography (along with galleries housing the modern european collection, contemporary art, etc.) after a brief walking tour of the museum, the second show takes us outside for day one of the chalk festival. I had hoped to have returned yesterday, but was too busy being lazy and missed seeing the finished masterpieces.



9 comments:

Bee said...

That is a particularly nice fore-edged book.

MUST share that there is an original William Morris wallpaper in Beatrix Potter's house. It is astonishingly immaculate.

I like the way you worked Margaret Mead in there!

Merle Sneed said...

Kim, the museum is fantastic! Loved the slideshows.

subtorp77 said...

I would so drool at a real peek at the Chaucer works( do have an original Cambridge University reader from 1927, tho' )...and poor Mr. Thinker...all alone. Nice tour, kimy and thanks! You just brightened up my day :)

Alan Burnett said...

Great slide shows Kim, thorough enjoyed them.

Baino said...

Kim I have to ask. Where on earth do you find the time? I try to make Sunday a visting/walking/photography day but you cram so much into your week. I'm envious. I love the book and the museum, not unlike ours but whiter somehow. Sydney Sandstone has a yellow, gold hue, nice in it's own way and very distinctive of our early colonial architecture. Ah Chaucer . . remember him from Uni days and delighted in discovering the four letter words in his prose! There was a time when they were acceptible.

Coffee Messiah said...

Nice tag along ; )

Also glad to see people wearing gloves touching things ; )

Meri said...

Nice pics! And I'm rather fond of museums myself (but Margaret Mead is another great M).

A Well said...

Wow, wow, wow! I don't know how else to express it!

I am an absolute book and paper junkie, and I had no idea that fore-edge paintings existed. Thank you so much for posting the picture! (Now I have to avoid ebay like the plague for at least a year!)

Gary said...

Museum is a fantastic M word. I love that some people are so comfortable with them that they just pop over to browse or see aq favorite painting or 'hang out' like other people would do at a mall or whatever. My friend Joy is like that. Thank goodness I take my students 3 or 4 times a year otherwise I probably wouldn't get there at all.