minneapolis will always be my fav city because i am a minnesota dork :p
also i'm really sick of seeing people try to trade their pets because they get bored of them or because they bite instead of sitting with their pets and training them and spending time and love and money on them!! they're living things!! treat them like living things!! NOT TOYS.
When I first moved to #Minneapolis nearly five years ago, one of the biggest draws for me was going to the #MinneapolisInstituteOfArt . I was BROKE but looking for things to do and ways to get out more, so my roommate and I would meet at the #MIA Thursday nights after work, when they were open until 9 PM. We'd wander around, sometimes I'd sketch, and then we'd usually round out the night with a drink or a bite somewhere on Eat Street. It was such a great cheap night's entertainment, and I've always been so impressed with the collection at the #museum that I refer to it as a "mini Met." But between both having moved to different places and the craziness that comes with different jobs, it's been awhile since we last found ourselves at the MIA. A few Fridays ago, we picked up the old routine in order to catch the "Horse Power" exhibit that was closing shortly. What ended up impressing us most about the new work and curation they've done was the upgrade to this French period room-- the soundtrack and #lighting change slowly through what a day and a night would have felt like during the room's heyday. From cocks crowing and church bells pealing during pink sunrise to the sound of doors opening, boots stomping across floorboards, fire crackling, cards shuffling and candles winking on and off, it's a spellbinding experience for more senses than you may be used to using at the usual fine art museum. Way to make patrons stretch their imaginations! (You'll probably get the most out of it if you're fluent in French and can follow the dialogue; I'm not, so I'm just guessing.)
One of the things I miss most during the winter is fires. I grew up in a house with a fireplace, and curling up on the floor in front of it with a book was one of my favorite wintertime activities (thanks for chopping all that wood, Dad!). At my previous residence, backyard bonfires were a thing. Now, I can't even have a small barbecue on the balcony of my apartment, let alone a fire pit. Such are the sacrifices for being able to have your own place in the city, I guess. So I live for circumstances when I get to be back around a fire, whether a bonfire at a friend's house or outdoor event, a cooking fire while camping up north, or even this gorgeous fake "fire" in one of the period rooms at the #MinneapolisInstituteOfArt achieved solely through the use of remarkable lighting and an audio track of wood popping and real fire crackling. The human draw to a fire is such a primordial feeling, it's hard to not miss it!
You've also got to love the gaudy gilded "sea horses" that would have held the wood in.
Pompeo Batoni is one of the most important Italian painters of the 18th century, creating a synthesis between Roman classicism of the 17th century and the start of Neoclassicism. His ‘Studies for the Figure of St. Peter' will bepresented at the Salon du Dessin 2018 (21-26 March) by Antoine Tarantino. It is a preparatory study for the painting of 1757, showing Pope Benedict XIV presenting the Encyclical 'Ex Omnibus' to the Comte de Stainville, later Duc de Choiseul, now at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The first of a series of paintings I’ll be making in response to art from the #minneapolisinstituteofart that are made of materials derived from once living animals. With this project I aim to re-contextualize these pieces so that the viewer does not merely see the pieces for how they literally appear, but also recognize the life of the animals from which they were made. To do so, I am painting the animal(s) that went into each artwork within the traced silhouette of the piece itself. This first painting is of the Mia’s “Libation Cup with Base”, which was made from carved Rhinoceros horn🦏