Dali.  My daughter and I went to the High Museum of Art this past Thursday to view the new Dali exhibit.  We like to go on this day as it is half price with extended hours.  After our intellectual feeding, we head over to Flying Biscuit to put on our feed bag.  However, this time it didn’t go as planned.  It was Teacher Night.  Packed with mobs of teachers the building took on a life of its own.  We viewed as much of the Dali in the crowd as we could.  Lingering for a bit at his bigger than life religious theme paintings  in one gallery area.  We totally skipped the end, escaping the mass of dawdling educators with plans to return in October to revisit Dali and the new Titian exhibit.  This  Dali exhibit focused on his later work, with only a few pieces of his earlier work to illustrate how his style emerged, developed, and changed.

So we went with our backup plan. Flee to another wing of the complex.  To another exhibit we wanted to see, which left on the 29th of August.  European Design – Shaping the New Century, a modern exhibit and pleasantly devoid of crowds.  The exhibit focused on late 20th and early 21st century utilitarian and decorative art objects. We easily identified mid-century and Danish modern influence in many of the pieces.   The metal chairs on the 1st floor were bold and stark.  On the upper floors we came across a very square geometric silver frame chair, an Petite Confrot Lounge  chair,  stuffed with straw.  The piece title suggested to us that it best enjoyed in the nude, entitled  Naked Confort Lounge Chair, 2003 by British designer John Angelo Benson(b.1971). Nicole and I joked about this on the way home and she asked “Isn’t there a saying like:  A fling in the straw?”  and I told her yes, but it is “a roll in the hay”.

Speaking of rolling!, A light fixture that was a large, fluffy softly rolling cloud made of opaque Dacron floated above us as we strolled the exhibit.  Designed by Denis Santachiara, Italian(b. 1950), entitled “Cirro Hanging Light, 2002 the cloud was connected and suspended via a small motor and pulley system so that it undulated and rolled.   I thought it was neat.  My daughter the artist – not so much.  We both liked the chest of drawers made of found drawers, unified by new cases made of maple and all visually held together by a large fabric strap.   Entitled, “You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories”, by Tejo Remy 1991, Dutch(b. 1960).  Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle was also seen in a post modernist, conceptual chair.  This chair consisted of layers of clothes or rags held together by steel bands.  This piece was also by Remy and Entitled “Rag Chair” , 1991.  In writing this, I have decided I need to look more closely at his work as it obviously speaks to me.  Check out this link to see a picture of the chest of drawers.  After all this modernism we headed to another wing of the museum.

The exhibit entitled, Signs of Life Photographs by Peter Sekaer showcased 70 vintage black and white prints from the Depression through the War era. Sekaer was able to get poor people to trust him by his easy-going personality and once trusted he worked quickly and used lighting masterfully to capture very natural and real images. He also worked for the government during the war to photograph rural areas for the Rural Electrification Project. The show is at the High through January 9, 2011 and is definitely worth visiting. Peter Sekaer : “With pictures you can say what you can’t with words”. While I photograph fine antiques, art, and decorative art and not people I often feel the same way. Sometimes in the photographs I can see details with a different eye and in a different light than with my human eye.

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