Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Quote posted on the wall at Mingei Museum, from _The Unknown Craftsman_
Loud sprinklers woke me up early. But I understand the sprinklers are necessary. All the beautiful rose bushes on the grounds here need watering. It is beautiful, and Julia and I are lucky to have a room in the garden area, rather than in the towers.
Julia in the gazebo that is near our room...
Oh! We have been doing the walking. After Sunday's thrifty attempts with the buses, Julia and I have done cabs since. Balboa Park is a BIG place, we don't need any additional walking. My calves will have a chance to recover today, as we will focus on Mensan events.
I hardly know where to begin on describing the sights we've seen. After enjoying the Japanese gardens, we returned to the Museum of Art to catch what we missed on Sunday.
There was a travelling exhibit from Boston's MFA featuring quilts dating from 1860s to 1920s. There's an amazing modernity to them. An amusing note: this exhibit was showing at the MFA when Julia and I were there in 2014, but we didn't have time to see it them.
The San Diego museum featured some bronzes by Arthur Putnam, "Ferocious Bronzes". I rather like a lion he did:
The Timken museum has a bronze 'flying' Mercury, possibly from the same mold as the one at the National Gallery of Art:
But I'm getting ahead of myself. We saw what we could of the Timken on Tuesday. (The "Collections in Context: American Art from a Pacific Northwest Collection, 1860-1950" exhibit doesn't open until Friday.)
It's all running together in my mind, Oriental art at S.D. Museum of Art, with that at the Mingei, for instance.
Of course the Buddhist statuary was impressive.
I enjoyed the "travel shrines". Some had tiny versions of the large statues within a protective house, and some are simpler shrine houses, without the icons:
I was impressed with the Japanese crafts, how they made the humblest of items beautiful as well as useful. I wish I had photographed a small broom, but I did photograph some teapots:
Ceramic Teapots (Tetsubin)
Unknown maker, Japan, 20th century
Glazed earthenware, bamboo handle
Gift of Lily and Ana-tole Minc
Glazed stoneware, bamboo handle
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Kinsey
Unknown maker, possibly Okinawa, Japan, 20th century
I saw many beautiful kimonos. The Mingei featured "bedding" kimonos for warmth and lightweight summer kiminos:
I fouled the info card:
I understand the fabric in the "Wedding" kimonos seen in a small house in the Japanese garden after watching a movie on the textile arts at the Mingei. The weaving machines have undergone some evolutions through out the ages. Before the 'jacquard' looms, which were controlled by a series of cards with holes punched, one person couldn't run a loom by themselves. Now, the looms are computer-programmed and the weavers have a different routine to controlling them.
I was impressed with the painter Copley's capture of the weaving detail of a sash on a lady's garment, seen at the Timken. Her pinkish red dress contrasted with the navy lounge chair she reclined on. That navy sash unites her visually with the lounge chair. The details! Amazing capture! Julia and I sat a long time in front of her, just drinking the sight in (while resting our feet).
We exited to find a bench facing the Natural History museum. Its stairs looked daunted. Finally, we got up the gumption to enter. No big banners had announced it, but we learned they have I-MAX theater, too. Whales of the Deep was an awesome experience. I felt with the 3-D glasses, like I could touch them.
We soon headed home to hotel, feeling well satisfied.
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