One Shiny Shoe and a Good Thing I’d Eaten Dinner

My neighbors invited me to accompany them to the Carnegie Museum of Art for the opening reception of Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals.   The exhibition was curated by Linda Benedict- Jones and is quite impressive, requiring a return visit to take the show in when it’s less crowded.

In the Hall of Sculpture after the remarks, i was standing on the lighted glass floor and so were three others. Our 4 pairs of  black shoes with the light coming from the floor below.

Photographer Martha Rial and I had our phones out, capturing the pattern.  I call it One Shiny Shoe.

One shiny shoe

Where the light comes from below

Hall of Sculpture

Here is a man looking closely at the photos of Andy Warhol and his mother Julia.

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When I got to the refreshments table there were a few grapes

Some of you saw this on FB already but here I am in the Hall of Architecture under the artwork “The Piano” by Chilean Artist Sebastian Errazuriz

I asked a random museum goer if he’d take my photo.  He’d already taken a selfie under the 800 pound piano.

When I showed this photo to the high school students, they said I was crazy to stand under it.  I said, wouldn’t it be funny to have a  tall ladder and some hedge clippers?  They groaned.

Mark said it looked like I was in a Looney Tune.

If you Sebastian Errazuriz

Night at the Museum for Oh Snap!

The Carnegie Museum of Art had a wild evening featuring the Oh Snap!  Project  where museum goers are invited to respond to one of the 13 photographs recently acquired by the museum-  “a collaborative project”

and the place was packed when I arrived.

When I came into the crowd I asked a nice couple, what they were in line for and they responded, “Drinks!”

Ahhh.

I went drinkless into the gallery where  the thirteen photographs were hung.   Surrounding each photograph were several selections from the submissions of photographs in response to the Museum’s 13.  (Oh Snap! Project explained here if you are interested in submitting your photo inspired by one of the museum’s)  Everyone  please consume their snacks and beverages prior to entering the gallery with the photographs on the wall.  

No problem for me but others had to wait.

The gallery a bit crowded to savor and digest all the photos on the wall which is often the case with openings, receptions  and events. Definitely planning a return trip to take it all in.    I saw photographers I knew milling about, checking it all out.    It was a vibrant scene. Abuzz.  A green screen the backdrop for antics and people with props as in a photo booth.  Having a blast being silly. (I remembered the Photo Booth Laura and James had at their wedding, what fun for them to pore over the images of the guests)

Then I headed to the Hall of Sculpture and I chatted with one of the photographers with a Canon on a tripod, capturing the Light Writing with the LED Hula Hoops and various swords, necklaces, and eyeglasses that glowed, sparkled and flashed.  It was cool being in the Hall of Sculpture with the lights out.  Definitely a Night at the Museum   I told her how I worked with the hs students and we’ve done light writing in the former darkroom.  How the kids love doing it and the results.  We talked settings and equipment a bit and I watched the hula hoopers.   The admission?  FREE!

LED Hula Hoop

 When I left,  I captured the scene from the bottom of the Sculpture Garden stone stairs.  You can see how the new project was well attended.

The goal is to “spark a creative response” and I would say that goal is well on it’s way to being accomplished!  

If your photograph is chosen, you get a free pass for admission.

Carnegie Museum of Art