Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Alexander Calder...?
In recent months I've visited a few museums, but found no work from the fifties. Yesterday I arrived at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts knowing I would finally get to spend some time with some of the colorful artists who were at work the year I was born!
It was fun to wander the museum before closing and have the place to myself. I chatted with the guard about how the Calder mobile seemed sort of hypnotic as it slowly twirled above us. I stared at the Pollock's splattered paint and tried not to have annoying thoughts about how "I could have done that!" Then I was drawn to a piece across the room with bright smudged colors. It was painted by Hans Hofmann in the year of my birth! And the title made me smile. Sparks!
I could have had the bored guard snap my photo, but I did something no museum guest did in the fifties. I snapped a selfie. I can be easily creeped out by selfies of myself, so I tried to make it Picasso-style.
Something Else Here
Okay, I'm cheating and adding to this blog entry with another photo from 2 days after my birthday. I made a little visit to Fort Worth's THE MODERN and had a giddy encounter with many more pieces of art from my special decade.
Here I am with a 1957 Rothko. I'm doing a rather lame "presentation pose" in honor of Vanna White, who also was born in 1957! I wonder if she celebrated her Birth Year Birthday!
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014...My BYB!
I don't remember the 1950's, since they ended when I was 2. But since I turned 57 today and this is my BYB (Birth Year Birthday) I'm going to just appreciate the flavor of 1957! My goal is to celebrate in at least 57 simple ways throughout the year! I will dabble in the fashion, the foods, the music and the culture of those times...just for the fun of it!