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Another afternoon in Charleston

Well its the month of January.

The tree is down.

The gifts stowed away.

The house is back to normal.

Whats next?

Last year we stumbled upon the local Museum Mile pass for our downtown, where, for a flat fee, you buy one ticket then get to visit all the museums and museum houses in our historic downtown.

Remember THIS last year?

We visited the Gibbes Museum of Art first this year.

Corene, 1955 By Jonathon Green

When you think of art, what do you think of?

Certainly there are numerous types of art.

Wiki says ART “is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts, expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill intended to be appreciated for their beauty and power.

Phew!

I always understood ART as anything that makes you think.

To the Gibbes Museum of Art, they sum it up in their Manifesto:

“..the difference between merely existing and being truly alive.”

I think they copied that from my Ourlifein3d Manifesto!

When we entered the Museum we noticed most of the displays were the same as they were last year.

I hoped for newer!

But Art is what you make it and, as Museums go, we set out to learn new things.

First off were the ‘Sisters’.

I call this picture ‘Dylan and Skylar’.

As each of my two ‘sisters’ were humoring their old man and didn’t want to be there either, similar to the sisters in the painting who were being painted by their artist father.

Exhibit number two of what I learned…

Before the roughly 1920-1930 Little Boys were dressed like little Girls in our country and abroad.

In the picture below the caption read the child was the ‘lone son’ of this famous French Commander in our country.

Well the person behind D is dressed like a girl.

I learned in another museum today that around the age of 7 or 8 boys started wearing trousers. Then they were to be treated as an adult (to be seen in pants); not a child any longer.

The quote went on to say how adult women ‘were still treated with the same class as children and hence kept wearing dresses’.

Hmmmm…

Another interesting piece was this little metal carriage that was cut designed with a laser.

Notice the characters. What do you see or make you think of?

This piece was trying to depict a slave’s suffering in the early part of our country.

First, note in the second picture, a demon of sorts up in the tree reaching down to pull out the young dying slave’s heart.

Second, I want to apologize to everyone and especially the Southern Sea Muse. She is a great photographer and scraps her pics if the horizon in the picture is not level ( I read).

I take these pics with my phone. I try to level them off but not one of them you will see today will be level.

Sorry SSM!  I will never live up to your standards.

(She’s a bit of a Grammar Nazi too I understand)

 

The smaller third floor had new exhibits. The Noir floor….

‘A Dark Place Of Dreams

Here were several exhibits in black (the land of dreams) and how artists made shapes and things come alive. The various artists are in print under the title on the photo

The first thing that spoke to me were the huge sea shell displays. Real sea shells, they were mounted and painted black.

At first I thought it a bit eerie, but after looking at it for a while it did take on a dream like quality.

Or I was getting tired…..

See if you can blow it up or at least find the detail of all the types of sea shells (and Puffers) in these…

They are all real! (and not riding a Horizontal plane)

 

Now, keeping with this ‘black box’ theme was this:

Rock, Hard Place, 2012 by Kate Gilmore

..still leaning,

This type of art was not much to look at ….

You had to ‘watch it’!

Have you seen this type of art before?

I hadn’t.

and to speed you to the Big conclusion, this …

WTF?

The exhibit is called, Rock, Hard Place. And the young artist is just throwing rocks into small clay pots with paint in them.

My kids have been doing that since they were four!

Still, if you stood there, and watched the cascading waterfalls, steadily drop paint on the ground (you can see the artist is trying to keep from slipping) it can mesmerize you a little.

….or I was just tired.

The turn of the corner into the next room was a room full of trash.

..made to look like art.

The first artist illustrated was Chakaia Booker,

….’an American artist that is known for her environmental sculpture work that addresses the struggles and victories in human aspirations and involvement. Her work involves transforming found objects (old tires) into expressive art that tackles social and cultural issues as well as femininity.‘ (wikipedia)

I just saw something made with lots of carved scraps of old tires!

There was a lot of detail in the scraps of shaved old tires. They were still all rubber!

The exhibit reminded me of something a new blogger I follow would appreciate, Harleyte.

She is a one-of-a-kind young lady in France that rides motorcycles and kinda reminds me of a female James Dean…in France. She added her own unique touches to Christmas this year.

She’s cool like that.

I mean, James Dean would like this, right?

So If art makes you think…

What do you see in this next picture by Ms. Booker

Hedge Hogs, right?

No?

What did you see?

Well, If I told you what it was depicting you might think I was making it up. So here is the placard describing this piece of art by Chakaia:

Did you see that?

I did Not see that! Hmmm…well maybe…

 

So one final piece in this trash room.

It is called “OVER, the rainbow”.

Please take a look. I invite you in the comments below to tell me what you see or what you think the author is trying to say …

OVER, the rainbow

Yes, that is an exhibit with old rubber tires on the top flowing into empty gallon water jugs ( I must still have Chakaia’s last display in my mind), flowing into gallons water jugs cut in half, flowing into tin cans.

What does it mean?

 

Well, as a proud parent I have to tell you my very own Skylar got something she drew hung in the Gibbes Museum as well!

(we are soo proud of her!)

Skye drew that beautiful flower right there in the middle!

My artist in the making!

Get out of there Skylar!

But art is not restricted to a museum, oui?

As we left the Gibbes Museum right next door was the old Huguenots Building and with it its fine metal art work.

What do you think?

Huguenots were typically French Protestants who fled to this country to escape religious persecution. Although clearly, the green sign above the church door and the metal harp over the entrance suggest these people were from Ireland.

But wait, when in doubt, what does the sign say?

Use your context clues..

That would be a rough crowd!

Can you imagine that back in that day?

Catholics and Protestants meeting…… in a bar?

Hmmm?

It was a great day here in Charleston this weekend and across the street from the Gibbes Museum this pretty scene was going on.

They picked a

Great day!

Oh to be married in Charleston!

Things could be worse!

Thanks for reading on through all this knuckleheads!

I will try to do better next time!

Have the best week this week!

And give somebody a hug!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a Tourist In My Hometown, Pt 1

This month we ran across something that the Charleston Visitor’s Center is putting on for locals, the Museum Mile. In January, the tourist trade is down in our town so it is a great time to be a tourist with this Museum Mile.

This promotion gives us access to participating Museum Mile sites with the purchase of one low ticket price. With the Museum Mile pass, we can spend an entire month learning about Charleston’s rich history and culture; a place we read about, and our kids learn in school, but never find the time to experience.

There are over 20 museums, museum houses, and other historical buildings to explore on this package. This past weekend we decided to tour ..

So can I introduce you to the Gibbes Museum of Art?

“Through our complicated history, through light and shadow, we have persevered – humanity intact.
Art is the reason.”

“When the Gibbes Museum opened in 1905, the nation celebrated what Charleston has always understood: the power of art – to inspire our imagination, heal our hurt, and nourish our souls.”

(shhh…I’m getting all these sayings right off their website)

So if you are interested in taking a brief tour through a historical art collection with some pretty interesting things found in art, subjects, expressions, mediums, or stories behind the scene, read on.

I copied some of the tags of the art work that accompanies these gems in the museum so the real story of the paintings does not get lost in translation.

So grab a chair or beverage, and lets stroll through some of the rooms of the Gibbes and see some great works of art that I found very interesting. I am sure there is something at the Gibbes for everyone.

Now I do not know much about art; maybe two things.

Art is what you like, not what others like.

Art, true art, great art, should make you think.

Like this provocative painting from the 1920’s

Does this remind you of someone? What could she be thinking about?

First thing that you might notice is….. I am not a Photographer. It seems I am listing to the right on all these pics.

So what is art? What is not art?

Does this make you think?

Here is a local piece called the Betwixt and Between

Pretty cool, oui?

I am not sure what it makes me think of other than how did they do that and will it start to decay?

Here is my other daughter, Skylar

But there were several other exhibits besides this natural one.

SCULPTURES

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Is that an authentic facial expression or what? Have we all been there?

First, I have to tell you, it seems all good sculptors from this time period came from Italy. Many a good American sculptor went to Italy to learn their craft.

I found by the early 1800s, Neoclassicism was a style that was at its height in sculpting. American-born artists were beginning to make their mark in the art world. They traveled to Italy to learn their craft.

Wiki says, “Neoclassicism was an art style that celebrated physical characteristics in the spirit of Ancient Greek and Roman art. To 18th-century Europeans, the human figure in Greek art, with its cool, unemotional appearance, was the ideal and a means of conveying a sense of timelessness and reason.

And I think you can see that in the young lady’s expression above.

Second, it seems people in Italy at that time never button their shirts, if they have one on at all. And everyone must have bench pressed at least 250 pounds.

Below was my favorite piece in the whole museum..

No, not of the Edmond Fitzgerald

Marble again. Love the detail. Love the story

I was amazed at the detail put into carving up this block of stone. You really can’t see it below but great care was put into the man’s hair, the dangling rope, his pants and even the lines on his drooping socks to make the art look real.

Now maybe my kids didn’t find these sculptures as interesting as I. Thankfully the museum had some staff to keep a watch over them while we appreciated the art work and the stories behind them

I bet that lady was from Italy too..

PHOTOGRAPHY

I love that,

Magic In The Mundane“.

Does that make you think?

I would be interested in your ideas of what message the artist is trying to convey there in the Comments below. I have one or two interpretations.

Mostly, it reminds me of what great mothers do. But if you look at it, there is so much more going on in that pic, isn’t it?

Next is another, piece of art; a memory!

A memory recorded down over the ages.

This ‘memory’ or story was sitting beside a painting of some slave shacks from the Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston.

Do you remember when I did a POST on my oldest’s field trip there two years ago?

Slave Street

Well I thought this piece of art below interesting as an example of possibly one healthy way that slaves from that time used to help endure their bondage. To me, it really makes you think.

HISTORY

No, not talking of history like this below, although it is a good snapshot of an important moment in the US history.

Bombardment Of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor 1863‘ oil on canvas 1886 by William Aiken Walker

I mean like Historic Art that comes from the period it represents.

The Gibbes Museum had a series of portraits, old portraits from some Charlestonians over the years. It is not that these people were so famous or important (most were) but it is what they were wearing, their expressions that were captured, and the background that struck me.

The authentic clothes were from the time of the paintings. The looks of people were from that time. Their clothes and hair styles authentic. Their homes or decor. Anything that was in the painting would be authentic. This is how people lived in these time periods.

Take a look at these dates on these paintings. They are legit museum pieces of art.

So this was an American born young man wearing British style attire. Did you catch that?

The date shows before the revolutionary war when the Carolinas had their ‘Governors’ appointed by the King at that time. Also I see he married his cousin. That’s one way to keep the money in the family.

Was that a toy bow and arrow? Or a real one?

Remember the old Christmas Carol, Up On The House Top,  where a boy dreams of

” Here is a hammer and lots of tacks.
Also a ball and a whip that cracks.”

That Christmas classic was written circa 1857.

In one picture of some kids  from the 1800’s in the museum there was a young boy holding a little whip with a kinked knot or two on the end of the rope.

And finally I thought, and found out, this a particularly interesting one:

Two very big names in early Charleston, Manigault and Heyward

In this painting the family Manigault was vacationing in Rome. There were no cameras or cell phones of course. So the happy family just had to have someone paint a picture of them to capture the memories and bring them home. Tough life.

Beside this painting in the museum was a portrait of Mr. Maniqualt that was captured ‘in Philadelphia on his way to a 6 year trip to China.’ 

I can’t even imagine this type of life. A 6 year trip to China in the mid 1800’s? What would he use for currency?

His Grandfather, Peter Manigault was the wealthiest person in the British North American colonies  (Wiki says), He practiced law, became a successful merchant and banker, and managed his family’s over 200 slaves and extensive plantation holdings. His net worth of approximately £33,000 in 1770 is equal to approximately $4 million in 2016.[5] 

Think about that for a second.

If it cost about $26 to build a house back then, how much was $4 million worth?

And so, as I thought, I realized this most be art. A painting on the wall that makes Magic from the mundane.

So what about you? What types of art do you like?

 

Enjoy your own art this week and weekend.

I hope you make some of your own!

 

“We believe art is the difference between merely existing and being truly alive.”

~ the Gibbes Museum

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