“Gettin’ Some Culture (Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR)” by Richard F. Yates
1 - The Map
Yesterday, Mariah (The Boss) and I played hooky from work and drove down to Portland for our bi-decade trip to the Portland Art Museum, and it ended up being a great time! The weather was sunny but not TOO hot (until later), and getting out and walking around was a nice change. We got to Portland without freeway damage and parked in a lot near Burnside, about a block from Powell’s City of Books. (More on that place later.) Then, utilizing our magic rectangles, we were directed to walk up 9th towards the museum. Nice little jaunt.
2 - Tall
Spent several hours walking (and walking and walking…it was like being at Disneyland!) around the museum. Saw some fantastic artwork (and some---not so nifty), and we took a ton of pictures. (I’m going to post a whole bunch of photos on a different blog, which I’ll dedicate to OTHER PEOPLE’S ART---stuff not by me…)
5 - (Artist Unknown) – Pair of Shamans or Attendants – Chu Culture, China
8 – William-Adolphe Bouguereau – “Nature’s Fan” (1881)
I am absolutely envious of the above painting. It LOOKS like a photograph, but it's just oil on canvas. The skill, the eye, the technique that Bouguereau mastered puts me in complete awe. Just look at the light on the woman's hair! Amazing... There were several wonderful and entertaining and shocking works at the museum, but THIS one probably had the most impact for me...
After our trip through the museum, we decided that we were enlightened, but exhausted and hungry. We went in search of food, and considered hitting up a food cart, circled the wagons, but changed our minds and felt that we wanted to go someplace where we could sit, wash our hands, and not constantly be asked for spare change. Eventually, we decided on Little Bitty Big Burger. We had burgs, fries (excellent), and rootbeer floats! (Those REALLY hit the spot, as the temperature climbed into the 80s…)
9 – Enlightened (But Hungry)
11 – (Artist Unknown) – Public Restroom Art
Our last stop before heading back to the car was Powell’s City of Books. The tough thing about Powell’s is not OVERSPENDING while we’re there. Mariah found a few Cat Who… mystery novels, and I grabbed Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (I’ve read it before, but it was a library copy), a Church of the Subgenius short story collection (Three-Fisted Tales of ‘Bob’), and a biography of Aleister Crowley. Overall, I had a great time. Mariah is a goofy person to pal around with (as long as she’s not TOO hungry---then the ANGER comes out), and we were ready for a trip out of town for just the two of us. We should probably do that more often!
13 - Books