Free is my Best Friend

I love to do free things around town. Why? I’m broke, and I’m cheap. My friends are always out doing fancy things and talking about them, so I find awesome things to do for free, then brag.

So what’s right up my alley? Free Thursdays at the Blanton Museum of Art.  Every Thursday is free, but the place closes at 5. What the hell kind of scheduling is that? Well on the third Thursday of each month it’s open until 9! That means I can go! It’s not that expensive to go generally, but you have to pay for parking as well, so it can easily turn into a $30 adventure. The parking here was only $3 at the Brazos garage at the corner of MLK and Brazos Street. You can bring your parking ticket into the museum to pay, rather than hike up to the top of the parking garage to pay the cashier.

Hubby and I wandered around the whole place, and saw a ton of cool stuff. The museum is a lot bigger than I thought, and they have a massive variety of artwork. Of course, I couldn’t take pictures of any of it. They had an exhibit going that revolved around love and sex, but I can’t remember the name.

There were some really neat modern art pieces, like this tree built out of wire and silk flowers, and there were some dumb modern art pieces, like the video of an octopus crawling through plastic tubes that was supposedly “erotic”. Yeah, it was literally leftover film from a Discovery Channel special about octopuses, (octopi?), and the “artist” added some music to it. Oh not her own music, some country song. Yep, she had NOTHING to do with it! “Art” like that gives all other art a bad name. End of rant.

They also had historical pieces centered around the same theme, and there were lots of “Lot and his daughters” from the Bible. If you are unfamiliar, the story is Lot and his kids are led out of Sodom and Gomorrah as they are being destroyed, and Lot’s wife looks back and turns into a pillar of salt. I’m sure everyone remembers that part of the story. After that, it gets weird. Lot’s daughters think they are the only survivors left on the planet, and decide to repopulate by sleeping with their dad. Yes, ew. To do so they get him drunk for DAYS. How did they have the time to cart all this alcohol out of a burning city? I dunno, I’m no biblical scholar. So long story short, they both get knocked up by their dad. For some reason there is a TON of artwork featuring this story! I have no idea why. If I had been an artist back then that would not have been my choice to work on.

The museum had some beautiful pen and ink work by Rembrandt and Diego Rivera, among a ton of other easily recognizable names. My favorite piece was a pen and ink of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, with the devil watching them. It was a very dark composition, with light just on Adam and Eve. It was a very wide shot, so that the figures were tiny, and the Devil was hidden in the shadows in the lower right. What I liked most was the use of light to show Adam and Eve, and to barely show the Devil. The Devil was also shown as an angel, not a demon, which I liked a lot.

At the end, we of course wandered through the gift shop where I spotted something that made my nerdy little heart jump:

That is a Lego model of Falling Water! The house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright! Who knew they even made stuff like this?? Lego, I heart you!

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September 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . My Quest to be more Interesting.

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