|Not a Di Suvero.|
|Falline Flora by Don Creech|
|Abracadabra by Alexander Liberman|
|The Family by Boaz Vaadia |
From there went to Hamilton center, which bills itself as a "City of Sculpture." And, indeed there were a few pieces to be seen.
|Conversation in Six Parts by Eric Laxman, 2009|
That night we met Major Patrick Dugan at the Dingle Bay restaurant in West Chester, to talk bands and P.S. Gilmore. We closed the place.
On Tuesday, we drove to Miami University in Oxford, a 50-minute drive. I hate to say it, but the campus is awfully boring with all the same architecture. MU is one of the oldest public universities in the country, made possible by George Washington in 1795. MU bills itself as the "Yale of the West," but I'm pretty sure I would not confuse the two. We did, however, find the museum where we found a faculty and alumni show going on:
|Knot Equivalence by Kelly Urquahart, 2013|
|Painting from Donut Series #44 by Vincent Inconiglios, 2015|
The permanent collection features some interesting works on paper:
|Clown and Child by Georges Roualt, 1930|
|The Musicians by Gino Severini, color litho, 1955|
|Käthe Kollwitz by Lotte Jacobi, 1930|
|Excavating by Alfred Stieglitz, 1911|
|Backstage by Max Beckmann, 1921|
|La Visite a l'Atelier by Honore Daumier, 1857|
And outside, there was sculpture.
|For Kepler by Mark di Suvero, 1995|
|Three Storms by Barry Gunderson, 1993|
I didn't get a shot of our snack, but here's one I found:
We had a nice cozy place in Lebanon to rest in.
The next day we started at the University of Cincinnati campus and DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art and Planning) Complex. UC actually began as a design school. The Aronoff Center for Design and Art, designed by Peter Eisenman, has enabled all of the programs to be under one roof. Actually, looking at a campus map, many of the buildings are connected, which is a good thing in this cold environment. People are friendly and used to asking lost visitors what they are looking for because the center is so multi-level, not straight, and pretty confusing. But in a good way.
|Ethan and Violet by Alan P. Marrero, 2005, 2016|
We found the Reed Gallery, which had a student show:
Did not see any sculpture, as we walked around the campus.
Then we headed for downtown Cincinnati to see what we could see.
|Sky Landscape II by Louise Nevelson, 1993|
Then there was the Taste of Belgium:
The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest in the US. Founded in 1881, the building in Eden Park opened just five years later. Collection includes over 67,000 works, with a heavy emphasis on Rookwood Pottery.
Our favorite was at the beginning. A multi-media presentation called More Sweetly Play the Dance by William Kentridge. We stood in the center of a shadow procession with great music. The movement of the marchers was exceptional, I thought. Here is a video I found on line:
And here are more finds:
|The Harp of Erin by Thomas Buchanan Read, 1867|
|Saint Helena with the Cross by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1525|
|Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Sandro Botticelli c 1470|
|Head of a Peasant Woman by Vincent Van Gogh|
|Lamp Base-Boy and Girl by Vally Wieselthier, 1928|
|Romanian Blouse by Henri Matisse, 1937|
|The something of Marie by Frederic Bazille|
|Pete Rose by Andy Warhol, 1985|
Seven railroads had to agree on building a Union Station and so it took more than three decades until it was opened in 1933. There may already be museums and performance space inside now, but there was so much construction going on there, it was difficult to tell. I was hoping to get inside because there was a trove of Art inside.
Please forgive my including this long story here:
Also, two murals for the baggage lobby, two murals for the departing and arriving train boards, a large world map mural located at the rear of the concourse and sixteen smaller murals for the train concourse representing local industries including:
• Piano making (Baldwin Piano Co.)
• Radio broadcasting (Crosley Broadcasting Corp.)
• Roof manufacture (Philip Carey Co.)
• Tanning (American Oak Leather Co.)
• Airplane and parts manufacture (Aeronca Aircraft Co.)
• Ink making (Ault & Weiborg Corp.)
• Laundry-machinery manufacture (American Laundry Machine)
• Meat packing (Kahn's Meat Packing)
• Drug and chemical processing (William S. Merrill Co.)
• Printing and publishing (U.S. Playing Card Co. and Champion Paper Co.)
• Foundry products operations (Cincinnati Milling Machine)
• Sheet steel making (American Rolling Mills and Newport Rolling Mill)
• Soap making (Procter & Gamble Co.)
• Machine tools manufacture (Cincinnati Milling Machine)
• Pottery manufacture (two Rookwood Pottery murals, potter and kiln master)
Fourteen of the murals located in the train concourse were removed in 1972 when the concourse building was demolished, and placed on display at the airport.
Pierre Bourdelle, son of renowned French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, also created artwork for the terminal, including a jungle-themed mural for the Women's Lounge, men's lounge, baggage checking area, meeting spaces, and the executive offices.
Went to our nest and watched Phryne Fischer on Netflix.
Thursday we drove to Dayton and saw some sculpture representing Dayton inventions: Cash register, ice cube tray, airplane, couldn’t find the pop-top sculpture, nor the name of the sculptor.
|The Wright Flyer III by Larry Godwin, 2001|
And then out to the Dayton Art Institute, where they were having a special show of Alphonse Mucha.
Founded in a downtown mansion in 1919, the Dayton Museum of Fine Arts moved in 1930. The DAI was modeled after the Casino in the gardens of the Villa Farnese at Caprarola, and the hillside stairway after the Italian Renaissance garden stairs at the Villa d'Este, near Rome. I took no pics of the building, but here is some of the Art:
|Lefvre-Utile, Sarah Bernhardt by Alphonse Mucha, 1903|
|Chief Massasoit by Cyrus Edwin Dallin, 1977|
|Joy of the Waters by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth|
|Dragonfly Lamp by Clara Driscoll for Tiffany, c 1910|
|Silence, Waterfall and Forest by Arthur B. Davies, early 1900|
And so many more, you will have to CLICK HERE.
A few more scenes from Dayton:
And then it was off to Columbus.
|Vault by David Barr, 2004-2006|
|Karnak by Paul Feeley, 1966|
and the Columbus Art Museum
|Water Lilies by Claude Monet, 1914|
|The Boat by Odilon Redon, 1894|
|Inside Bruant's Mirliton by Louis Anquetin, 1886-87|
And sculpture outside:
|V-X by Kenneth Snelson, 197|
|Lamp by Roy Lichtenstein|
|Two Lines Up Excentric Variation VI by George Rickey, 1977.|
Drove to Dublin, home of Cornhenge, though its official name is Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges). 109 concrete ears of corn, each standing six feet, three inches high by Malcolm Cochran.
Then to Toledo, and the Toledo Art Museum, which was open late.
|La Penna di hu by Frank Stella, 1987-2009|
|Houses at Auvers by Vincent van Gogh, 1890|
|Dancer Resting by Henri Matisse, 1940|
|Wheat Fields with Reaper by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890|
|Young Man with Plumbed Hat by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1631|
|Triple N Gyratory III by George Ricky, 1988|
And a few more scenes from Toledo:
Next stop, Detroit, Michigan and the Detroit Art Institute and the famous Diego Rivera murals.
|Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera, 1932-33|
Also, American artists:
|McSorley's Bar by John Sloan, 1912|
|The Beach Hat by Robert Cozad Henri, 1914.|
Five Van Goghs:
|Bank of the Oise at Auvers by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890|
|Still Life with Carnations by Vincent Van Gogh, 1886|
|The Diggers by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889|
Plus lots more Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, Degas, and the rest. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE.
There was even a Franz Marc:
|Animals in a Landscape by Franz Marc, 1914|
And then there is the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden:
|The X and Its Tails by Alexander Calder, 1967|
|Two Lines Oblique Down, Variation III by George Rickey, 1971|
Before leaving town, we hit the Hudson Cafe, downtown on Woodward Ave. One of their specialties is the Red Velvet Pancakes:
And a few last shots of Detroit:
|United We Stand by Charles McGee, 2016|
|from the Scarab Club.|
Drove north to Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, home of the Cranbrook Art Museum.
|For Mother Teresa by Mark Di Suvero, 1998|
|Europa and the Bull by Carl Milles, 1935|
And inside we found lots of Keith Harring:
And other stuff:
|Wall Drawings 790A and 790B-Irregular Alternating Color Bands by Sol LeWitt, 2011|
|by Ryan McGinness|
The entrance was the best:
Glad we didn’t have to wait until eleven o'clock the next day to see this museum, because there just was not that much to see. The show was called Michigan Stories: Mike Kelly and Jim Shaw.
|Dream Object by Jim Shaw, 2007|
|Octopus Vacuum by Jim Shaw, 2008|
Crashed that night at a motel in East Lansing and when we got up the next morning:
We decided to cut this trip short and pick it up with a Part 2.