it's funny that i title this post andy warhol and that i originally went just for that exhibit but i was most in love with the beauty and belief arabic exhibit. i am a big fan of modern art, but my passion is for the ancient. we went there first, i could spend all day sitting in that room. i even bought grant some arabic abc blocks. they have the numbers and animals as well, my child shall be a prodigy.
one of our favorites was this "figure within a figure" piece. there were two holes in the wall, the one to the right is long and when you look through it you see this:
then you move to the left and look inside the small square whole and it's transformed into this:
amazing. and i loved this, it's an islamic map of the world from the 18th century, with the holy city - Mecca right in the middle.
there were so many ancient texts from as early as the 9th century, their writing is just so beautiful and appealing. most were qur'an manuscript or long beautiful prayer scrolls.
there were gorgeous pieces of jewlrey, a helmet from the early 16th century, paintings and colorful tiles from homes. i'd love to visit this part of the world one day.
then we went to the andy warhol, takashi murakami exhibit...i'm not the biggest fan of takashi so there isn't much from him. but this was matt's favorite exhibit, he's a fan of the modern. it was pretty friggin cool.
the queen elizabeth II pieces:
the 10 marilyn monroes with my main sqeeze and his fro:
and one from the infamous campbell's soup series:
"campbell's soup cans and elizabeth taylor and marilyn monroe. that's america" -andy warhol
he has silver clouds drifting through his gallery, they are constantly refilled so "seemingly never age, deflate, or die"
then the last exhibit was called object of devotion, medieval english alabaster sculptures. this one hit me hard because i've been studying a lot on this time period for school. i was very proud to be able to name many of these pieces before looking at the cards. beautiful, religious, and ancient.
in order: agony in the garden, Christ carrying the cross, the crucifixion, and the deposition
i've recently learned about catherine of alexandria, who she was and the role she played. i had never even heard of her or the "mystical marriage" until a couple weeks ago while doing my homework. she doesn't play a part in our religion, but it's an interesting story. these are sculptures of both attempts to kill her, being tortured by the wheel and then they beheaded her, obviously succeeding.
it was a good night, i'm excited for the new exhibits to come. grant was fabulous up until mom started decided to cruise through the gift shop...which might be my favorite part. that gift shop is seriously unbelievable, i want everything. EVERYTHING. i said it twice. it's like an artists version of urban outfitters. meaning awesome.