At the Museum

Two Hearts by Jim Dine

I love Jim Dine’s work even though I am not very “good” at contemporary art. I am a volunteer guide at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This piece is one of my favorites. It was absent from its place here at the main door of the Museum where it has welcomed so many visitors. After several months it has finally returned just in time to acquire a mantle of wet snow.

Today I led a “ welcome tour” for a group of new members. It had been several years since I had conducted a tour like that so I was a little worried about the timing. The idea is to fix a sort of road map of the various collections in the museum complex, to make the visitors feel welcome in the museum community and show off a few star pieces. The tour lasts 90 minutes and there’s no dilly dallying since we have to visit four separate buildings and drop in on the Art Hive where visitors can potentially make their own art.

High Summer by Hans Hofmann

Another of my few favorites in abstract art. Hofmann, who came to the USA in the 1930’s was perhaps the most influential teacher of postwar American artists. This week I have three tours of contemporary art with college and university students. I still have plenty of studying to do but it is becoming less of a “ challenge” and more of a joy. What is always a joy is the interaction with the visitors.

Time to get more comfortable with contemporary I guess.

missed yesterday


And that is OK.  I had a hard time entering the blog the day before.  It’s a bit frustrating to have an idea and to have to wrestle to get it out.  Studying today for a tour in Contemporary Art this afternoon at the Museum.  I am going to look at two works by Jim Dine and one by Frank Stella and some other stuff.  It is a bit daunting as this is not really my big area of interest or study but . . .  that means I have to learn and that is good.  I love Jim Dine and urge anyone interested in learning about this giant of modern art to look at some interviews on You Tube.  He is very personable and articulate and awe inspiring in output and variety of what he does:  painting, sculpture, print-making, poetry, performance art, whole decors for rooms.  He is just wonderful.  What I like is that he takes ordinary articles or stuff we see around us all the time and works and reworks them – like the hearts you see above or bathrobes or tools or Pinocchio.  Love the guy.  Also a little glimpse into the work of the great creator at the bottom of the page.  Have a soft day out there.