The Culture, the SLAM show that we saw this week extended beyond its ticketed exhibition hall. Sculpture Hall, the original 1904 World’s Fair portion of the museum was also affected. Back in 1904, old photos of this hall show it densely packed with figurative sculptures. When we saw this week, it was almost empty. Gone were the pair of wooden Spanish doors that had been refurbished by a friend. Also missing was the moving Panorama of the Mississippi. This series of painting, which span several hundred feet of canvas was routinely moved once a quarter, advancing the visible panel from one scene to the next. In its place was the pictured “Air Jordans” made from repurposed auto body parts. The information booth had been slid into the alcove where the Spanish doors had once stood, leaving half the hall empty. A garage bandstand was added. I guess for all of the concerts that were/are planned for this year.
The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century is the art show that we viewed yesterday. This show has been on display at the art museum all summer, but since we have been out of town, we only just now got around to seeing it. It was put on in collaboration with the Baltimore Museum of Art. There was plenty of bling on display, some graffiti, plus original artworks like this pictured pair of paintings. It was a multimedia display, with video, rapper’s costumes and stage props. It will be on display until January.
Have you heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
‘Tis a marvel of great renown!
It blooms on the shore of the Lollipop Sea
In the garden of Shut-Eye town.
We have only been home for a short while, but the wanderlust is already preying upon Anne. She has been regaling me with trip itineraries from the most recent Road Scholar catalog. Not the standard one-week trips, but travel that spans four-months, on a trip around the world or a shorter, but still pricy trip to Ecuador that includes Macha Picchu and the Galapagos Islands. I think that these ideas are mere flights of fancy. I hope.
She does have one trip planned at the end of the month. This travel is to Boston, where she will play the baby whisperer. Hopefully this little trip will satiate her wanderlust, at least for a little while.