Thursday, September 5, 2013

Maryhill Museum of Art

Today's featured attraction from our vacation is the Maryhill Museum of Art.

Tim has been told he visited with his family when he was a kid, but he has no recollection. His understanding has been that it is a really fine museum, but it's in a rather out-of-the-way location.

We stayed in Bend, Oregon, last night. It took about 3 hours to drive from Bend to the museum, a distance of about 140 miles — 90 or so of which were devoid of gas stations.

But it was worth including it as part of this vacation. It featured some really phenomenal exhibits.

First, we walked around to see all the outdoor sculptures scattered around the museum. There are many more than I've shown here, but these are the ones I liked the best.

If there was a plaque listing the name of this piece and the artist, I missed it. But it is so whimsical and fun to look at.

Malabar Bombax by Matt Cartwright.

Quantum Man by Julian Voss-Andreae. This reminded me of a couple of pieces we looked at in my Modern Art class last spring — Nude Descending a Staircase and Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, both of which in their own way show motion within a static piece of art. To really appreciate this piece, you need to walk around it, so here is a short video to that effect. (I apologize for the shaky quality.)

Merriweather by Dixie Jewett. This reminded me also of an artist's work from Modern art class — Deborah Butterfield, who sculpts horses from found material.

Inside, there were several exhibits to look at — a collection of chess sets, woodblock prints by Arthur W. Higgins, pottery by Kenneth A. Standhardt, sculpture and sketches by Rodin, Russian orthodox icons, and an extensive collection of Native American basketry — as well as exhibits about the unique assortment of individuals (Samuel Hill, Queen Marie of Romania, and Loïe Fuller) who contributed to the creation and establishment of the museum.

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