Tag Archives: Museums

Art Reflections

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Art Reflections

My offerings for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

My daughter Katie honored me today (Mother’s Day) by accompanying me to the Phoenix Art Museum. (More photos from our visit will appear in a future post.) I captured our reflections in two of the sculptures.

In front of Upside Down, Inside Out by Anish Kapoor:

Nine Slat Mirror by Thomas Glassford:

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MIM Again

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MIM Again

In April, my daughter, Carly, visited from Brooklyn, New York. She mentioned she’d like to go to the MIM.

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been there at least five times since in opened in 2010. I’ve written other posts about The MIM.

Here are some of the sights we saw on our visit (click on the smaller pictures to enlarge and reveal captions):

The mariachi exhibit:

Drums:

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Costumes:

tapa from Oceania, a textile made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree:

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Grand piano made for Czar Nicholas I of Russia:

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Pretty cool, huh?

What about you? Have you been to MIM, or to another musical instrument museum? (I know there’s another in Paris, and maybe elsewhere.) Share in the comments below.

Creative Juice #38

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Creative Juice #38

Nine articles, mostly art-related.

Creative Juice #34

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Creative Juice #34

Thirteen articles to inspire you.

Cowboys and Indians

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Cowboys and Indians

Residents of Arizona are familiar with the Basha grocery empire. But not all are aware of the Basha family’s cultural legacy.

At Basha corporate headquarters in Chandler, Arizona, resides a phenomenal museum of Western American art, the Selma Basha Salmeri Gallery, named after the aunt who inspired Eddie Basha’s lifelong love affair with art.

A small sampling of the extensive collection of over 3500 items:

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El Encuentro by Paul Pletka

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by Harrison Begay

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Bowl, carved from wood and polished

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Many panels of drawings of kachinas by Cecil Calnimptewa

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A whole cabinet of fetishes, small animal carvings representing the spirits of the animals, and believed to have special powers.

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by Bruce Green

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Cowboy lighting his cigarette with a branding iron

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Breaking Wild Horses by John Clymer

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Devil’s Gate by John Clymer

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The White Buffalo by John Clymer

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The Peace Pipe by John Clymer

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To get the full effect of this beautiful, detailed sculpture, it’s necessary to walk around it and view it from several angles.

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Is it just me, or does the kachina on the left below resemble Rodin’s The Thinker?

And does the kachina on the left below resemble Rodin’s The Kiss?

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I’ve enjoyed the Native American art at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, but I have a new appreciation for the cowboy artists as a result of seeing their work up close. If you’re ever in the area, make a point to stop and see the Eddie Basha Collection.

Creative Juice #28

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Creative Juice #28

Fifteen articles to ignite the spark.

Creative Juice #27

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Creative Juice #27

Fifteen inspiring articles to uplift you:

Creative Juice #24

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Creative Juice #24

Fourteen inspiring articles to send you to your creative work station.

Creative Juice #16

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Creative Juice #16

Sharing thirteen inspiring articles:

Creative Juice #13

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Creative Juice #13

Fifteen articles to stimulate your muse.