(top image: before winter’s blue cold by christopher brown)

taking kids to an art museum sure isn’t the same as going it on our own. our local museum is newly remodeled and gorgeous, but with the boys in tow, it felt more like running room to pretty room. it was still nice somehow. especially when clyde kept pointing out his favorite paintings. thank god for artists who paint superheroes, sculptors who build robots with teapot heads, and stephen kaltenbach’s portrait of my father, whose brilliant light is made up of a million tiny arabesques, which even an 8-year-old can appreciate.

a few of my favorites: group of houses by elmer nelson bischoff, flowers by richard diebenkorn, still life with “”femme au coq””#2 by paul wonner, and every thiebaud in the place. ha! a landscape, a few still life paintings, and loads of desserts. am i really that predictable? apparently so. that and my favorite paintings by women and abstracts are not shown on the website.

have you seen any good art lately?


  1. Denise | Chez Danisse · May 6, 2011

    I’m sure your children will carry some great memories from their early art museum visits. I still recall taking the train downtown with my mother and sister for our first visit to the Art Institute of Chicago.

    I didn’t get to see it live, but it looks like such a fabulous exhibition.

  2. Jennifer Aten · May 6, 2011

    These photos are stunning Sheri! I have not made it over to the remodeled museum yet. Looks like a summer excursion is in order.

  3. lisa s · May 10, 2011

    i really do want to visit the re-vamped crocker….

    i saw a william kentridge show in milan w/ F and that was REALLY cool :) [and yes – yay for mel and clayton – such boy art !]

  4. Your first photo is fabulous. It looks as if they’ve just stepped out of the painting. I love it.

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