Monday, July 12, 2021

Museum Going Now --- Day 10/71

Walk: Goodwill and SPCA Donations

Distance: 1.2 miles, Yoga

Auguste Rodin (Fr. 1840-1917), The Thinker, 1904/cast 1914, and Wangechi Mutu (Kenya, 1972 - ), Shavasana I, 2019 and Shavasana II, 2019 all bronzes  

So the museum walls are being rehung here and elsewhere, probably worldwide.  Lots of personal political/life statements and many not particularly 'pretty.'  Also many 'no name' artists.  Used to be you had to make your way up the art ladder to be considered 'museum quality.'  The usual: you have to be published to get published.

Now new artworks stand (or lie) beside the old.  Here at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Auguste Rodin's iconic Thinker contemplates the works of contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu who is very 'museum worthy' with many prestigious one-person shows around the world.  Here her bronzes are fantastical creatures, strongly feminist, Black-African, earth-animal, embodying a new mythology as they emerge from suffering.  

And here viewers, along with Ciwt, contemplate these new artistic juxtapositions.  If they are like Ciwt - who is writing entries on this but not really progressing - it is taking a while for this type of museum going to sink in*.  

*PS - The young couple from Michigan (see Birthday Art post) loved Mutu's works - and their tour.

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