|See? I couldn't even make this stuff up...|
Thus having dripped our way back to the gateway to air-conditioned heaven--otherwise known as the "front door"--we stepped inside to continue our artistic journey. And again, a large portion of the displayed items fell into the category of "what you'd expect in an art museum". There were alcoves dedicated to different categories: African tribal, ancient Egyptian, Classical, etc. Innumerable ceramics and busts and portraits. (Oh my!) It was all quite...pleasant. And then, after you'd politely given your attention to these worthy treasures for a while...you stumbled into the realm of stuff that was a bit more...we'll call it "unusual". A trio of crouching men, softly lit from inside, carved with quotes form the Bible, suspended from the walls. A solid blue uneven-polygon-shaped canvas. (Nope, that's it. If you're waiting for the punchline, your guess is as good as mine....) And possibly our absolute favorite: a rectangle, perhaps 6 feet by 4 feet, constructed from what appeared for all the world to be irregularly-cut, damaged bits of drywall, stuck together mosaic-style.
I stood in front of it, stunned into silence by the sheer...RIDICULOUSNESS...of the piece. (This of course is my own non-professional-art-critic opinion--please, by all means, go ahead and feel free to disagree with me...) Derek, however, broke into immediate snorts of laughter and exclaimed, "What the? You could make this just by looking through the trash at Home Depot!" Um...yes. Well said, grasshopper. This led us to a brief but animated discussion about "what constitutes 'art'", during which we didn't exactly reach any firm conclusions except...I suppose anything can be justified as an artist's self-expression. So for me, the more pointed question really is: Okay, I totally accept that premise...but should it be hanging in a museum?
Anyway, I consider the day a rousing success overall, as we were thoroughly entertained and slightly educated...all while getting to share some unscheduled Mother/Son bonding time. Add in a stop for lunch on the way home, and this one goes in the Win column!