Friday, July 18, 2008

My Cleveland, vol 6.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of my favorite places in the world. Here's a few Erin-style snaps of their permanent collection; or go and view a whole bunch more over on my Flickr page.

You can read all about this wonderland online, including what happened to our poor Thinker.

I really wish you were here. I really, really wish you were here.

She didn't fake that one.

I'm sorry about what happened.

Artist's rendering of Erin/Goat foreplay.

Tiffany balls

Vain lady.

Goat between your legs and I know how you feel.

Stone and flesh peeps.

Long toes.

Fat happy babies.

Baby goat.

Get a room already.

You dumb guy.

Nice glasses, baby.


The Scribe said...

The guy with the green glasses! Wasn't that insane? I had to read the description twice to process it was painted before 3D cinema!

I adore the museum - was totally floored they had El Greco in there, my favorite Spanish artist. I want to haunt the place with a sketchpad after the summer crowds. :)

Erin O'Brien said...

I think every Clevelander has a profound connection to this place.

And a note on the Thinker. If you didn't follow the link, here is the synopsis: This was one of the few casts of the Thinker that Rodin actually supervised. It was blown up in 1970 in an act of vandalism.

The decision to leave it in front of the Museum in its damaged state took balls and brilliance--what a commentary.

I so love this place! I love and love it and love it ...

Zen Wizard said...

Those old armor suits don't look like they had room for your Greg.

My Greg needs to breathe.

I don't think I would have liked to be a knight.

DogsDontPurr said...

I would love to tour a museum with you! Your witty commentary and your off center way of seeing things brings wayyy more to the art than that of any stuffy museum curator.

Anonymous said...

I would have to disagree with your description of The Thinker being damaged as "an act of vandalism." The story attributes the blast to The Weather Underground. If that is accurate then it was an act of political protest. Doesn't sound like the Weathermen to me. Their targets typically had some link to their opposition to the war. Why would they go after Rodin? Or was the damage "collateral" as they say? Is there a government building nearby?


josh williams said...

I just visited last week the IMA aka Indianapolis Museum of Art...I live within a 15 minute bicycle ride from the IMA , all of it trail! However I drove because I feared I was not creating a large enough carbon footprint to get laid proper.

I visited the Jack Kerouac original scroll/screed from On the Road. I read from the original for about an hour, very interesting I enjoyed the entire exhibit which was coupled with Robert Franks photographs from the same time that Jack was driving around with Neal Cassady or is it Dean Moriarty?
Frank had a $3,000 government grant to capture America , which he did and published in a book which had around 50 images, two from Indianapolis. I have always loved Franks photos and read on the road, but it was to late, I knew he was on speed and everything reads or sounds cool when your flying.
I have to admit the scroll was impressive. In fact they only had half of it displayed, later in the month they will display the other 60' of single spaced originality. A great show, Jack wrote the intro to Franks book and the two together work just right.

kitsy said...

I will miss the old stodgy dark narrow rooms of the East Wing a little bit. It felt like an art maze and you just sort of ran into things unexpectedly. The reopened museum was so glam when I went, I felt like I wasn't in Cleveland anymore. But change is good and it is so beautiful now, particularly the old brick palm court area. I especially liked the painting of a young St. Joseph holding Jesus--a father and child on the wall for a change.