Throughout this past year, I promised myself that on a rainy day, I’d go spend quality time in one of the (free!) museums in Forest Park. Well, an opportunity presented itself a couple weeks ago, as if the weather knew I needed to cross this item off my St. Louis bucketlist. So, on a stormy, rainy afternoon, I spent a good 2 hours in the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM) soaking in all the art on my own pace. If you’ve never visited a museum by yourself, you should try it – the experience was highly relaxing and sort of meditative…
First of all, I was impressed that our (I can still call it “our,” can I?) art museum held famous pieces by famous artists, such as this:
I only know about this piece because I was required to take a history of art and music class in high school. In hindsight, I’m glad they made us do that because now I can sort of understand what I’m looking at in art museums!
Horses in stables, a popular subject that continued into the Japanese Edo Period (1615-1868):
I ventured up to the third floor for the first time to check out the Native American exhibit (highly recommended by a friend).
The handiwork on that bag was impeccable. Same could be said for these moccasins:
This following work of art was one of my favorites because of the reason she made it:
“The Four Seasons series is a remark on everything being constructed and fake except me and my culture. This is the beauty of the series, the confusion of stereotypes, where the lines begin to blur from truth to reality. I just happen to fit into that slippery slope well.” – Wendy Red Star, April 5, 2014
Heh, I like her “bold antidote to the depiction of Native American culture in museums” by “forcefully” exposing and challenging “the historical treatment of Native people as objects of display in diorama-like, frozen spaces.” You go, girl.
In the end, I wandered back to the museum’s new wing that held contemporary art, the most intriguing exhibit to me. I briefly saw it while taking a running break (where I explore bits of Forest Park – see Running Off the Beaten Path) and wanted to take a closer, second look. Well, the same art stood out to me again:
I realized while writing this post that I’ve heard of Chuck Close before. After doing some digging, I found that I saw another one of his works at The Met! At least now I know I’m consistent with the art that I like.
I liked this next photo because of its “decisive moment,” as the father of photojournalism Henri Cartier-Bresson would say:
Am, and always will be, delighted by color:
I especially liked the description of Sightseeing:
“‘Sightseeing’ blurs the line between banal tourism and the supposedly elevated act of viewing art in a gallery or museum.”
Whoa. So meta.
I don’t think I’ve seen 3-D pop art before, so this was an interesting find:
Since SLAM is free, I didn’t think that it’d hold many important pieces by big-shot artists (like I’d expect The Met to). But that is a false misconception – SLAM is probably one of the best art museums I’ve been to. It’s nice and big (three floors), contains a ton of stuff, and the best part – isn’t overly crowded!! So if you’re in the area, I highly suggest that you take advantage of this great, free resource while you can!
Have you ever been to the St. Louis Art Museum? What were your favorite exhibits?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Also in St. Louis: Kemper Art Museum (Vault Party)