Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ciwt in NYC Day 2 --- Day 8/193

Walk: Real New York Walking Tour
Distance: 6 Hours, Miles and Miles

Today Ciwt is Waaay Uptown in NYC walking, walking, walking through Harlem, Morningside Heights, and.....

The Met Cloisters Museum.

All new places for Ciwt.  What can be better?  A private Real New York Tour* and a Great Walk.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ciwt in NYC Day 1 --- Day 8/192

Walk: SFO, JFK, maybe around NYC a bit 
Distance: A few blocks, yoga/airport/hotel room stretch

So, Ciwt is looking forward to returning to her favorite midtown hotel for her New York Stay.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Catching Up After Blackout, Part IV --- Days 8/188,189, 190, 191

Walk: Not Yet, Working on CIWT and then packing for NYC

Ciwt's blank screen ready to be filled to finish her Post Blackout Catch Up as well as her pre-NYC entries.  Ciwt awards herself a big Gold *

Catching Up after the Blackout, Part III --- Days 8/188,189,190, 191

Walk: Hood

So Ciwt's bags are out for her upcoming trip to New York.  She's looking forward to using and being able to lift her new super lightweight Lipault suitcase (the one on the bottom with price tag still on it).

Catching Up after the Blackout, Part II --- Days 8/188,189,190, 191

Walk: SFMOMA (Mythos, Psyche, Eros: Jess in California

Jess, Fig. 4 Far and Few...:Translation #15, 1965, 1965, oil on canvas mounted on wood with velvet

Beatles bubblegum card

So while New York was exploding with the abstract, unemotional Pop, Minimalist and Conceptionalist movement and museum wall size canvases in the 60's, the relatively small and loose circle of San Francisco artists were intentionally out of step.  Doing smaller, more intimate, sometimes romantic and spiritual art, they often worked with found objects fashioned into collages and unusual, even bizarre materials.

Preeminent in this artistic time was Jess Collins (1923-2004) who began using the single name JESS after leaving his career as a radiochemist for the atomic bomb (yikes), entering art school here and moving in with his lover, the poet Robert Duncan (1919-1988).  Theirs was a long and openly gay union in decidely unopen times, and Jess's art often advocated for sexual freedom as well as freedom to express the mythical, whimsical and absurb.

This was the unparalled, innocent, 'summer of love' San Francisco Ciwt moved to, and she particularly enjoyed a quote from Gottardo Piazzoni, one of the other Northern California artists in
the Jess show:  When asked what religion he observed, Piazzoni said "I think its California."

Catching Up after the Blackout --- Days 8/188,189,190, 191

Walks:  1. Wait for Comcast  2. Wait for Comcast, Begin NYC Prep  3. Hood, Out of Comcast Jail,                  Begin Packing, and Cat Nails Day 🙀
Distance: 1. Yoga   2. Yoga   3. 3 Miles, Small Yoga

The mini blackout that struck Ciwt's building (undelated to the recent Big Blackout throughout California) has passed.  To catch loyal CIWT readers up, here are some recent things she wants to tell you about.

James Tissot at the Legion of Honor Museum

Before going to the Press Preview of  James Tissot (1836-1902): Fashion and Faith Ciwt was fearing her eyes would glaze over from boredom.  But she found Tissot's mid-19th C. paintings of London and Paris haute society and Bible scenes (yes) to be more alive in person than in photographs. Up close his colorful, crisp, precise  observations of manners and fashion simmer with urbanity and undercurrents of sexual drama. And they certainly have found their perfect venue in the Beaux Arts Legion of Honor buiding, which is a scale model of the Palais de la Legion d'Honneur in Paris.

Evening  or The Ball, 1878, oil on canvas  (Musee d'Orsey)

Ciwt was particularly struck by this double portrait of a gown and a lady.  She loves how Tissot not only captured the details of the fabric and frills but carried the warm, rich golden yellow throughout the canvas making it positively glow.  And she also loves the delicate full profile portrait of Kathleen Newton, Tissot's Irish muse, love and love of his life. Who might she be looking across at while on the arm of a considerably older gentleman?

What Our Saviour Saw from the Cross, ca. 1886-1894,
Opaque watercolour over graphite on green-grey wove paper
(Brooklyn Museum, purchased by public subscription)

Sadly, Newton died of consumption at age 28, and that devastating event as well as a vision he experienced at the Churcho Saint Sulpice set Tissot on a vastly different, spiritual/religious path.
Attending seances, perhaps in hopes of reconnecting with his lost love, Tissot abandoned his former subjects, steeped himself in the New Testament, and made expeditions to the Middle East to record its land, architecture, costumes and customs.  All this and more in service of his ambitious project of illustrating the New Testament with historical and archaelogical exactitude.

Even on this path during which he painted over 350 watercolors, Tissot's eye for social interaction and drama was on full display.  Ciwt found his What Our Saviour Saw from the Cross to be shockingly original and can only image how the scene was first received by viewers when first presented in Paris in 1894 from where they traveled to exhibition crowds in London and the United States.  So moved were the readers of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that they contributed hard won money to the Brooklyn Museum's campaign to acquire a full set of 350 watercolors of The Life of Christ.  And it is said it was to these that Lucas and Spielberg turned for visual details and inspiration in the making of the Indiana Jones movies.

So, no glazed eyes after all.  When you really look at Tissot's work, there is much to see.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Three Days in October —- Day 8/187

Walk;  SFMOMA (Jess), Vogue Theater (Downton Abbey)
Distance: 3 miles, small yoga

Comcast is 3 days overdue, but hopefully tomorrow Ciwt and CIWT will be back in the internet and phone business.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CIWT on iPhone - hopefully —- Days 182-6

Walk: Legion of Honor (James Tissot Press Preview). PGCC
Distance: 1 Hour Pickle, 3.5 Miles, general yoga stretching

So Ciwt returned home from the Tissot Press Preview today to find both her landline (remember those?) and computer out of commission.  Among other things that means she will have to count on her iPhone for her CIWT entries.  And first she’ll need to learn how to do that.  Please hang in, there’s more to call me like her thoughts on Tissot, her upcoming trip to New York, her cats, her pickleball scores, and much more.