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Sculpture Saturday: Musical Instruments as Sculpture


I think these instruments at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix qualify as sculpture:


Dramnyen (plucked lute)


Detail of head carving


Slit drums


Tlalpanhuehuetl, Aztec drum (this one made in the 20th century)


Baryton (bowed and plucked lute), Austria


Detail of head carving

More Sculpture Saturday.

Sculpture Saturday: Slit Drum


Found at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, Arizona:


Slit drum.


Detail of slit drum.


Detail of slit drum.

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MIM Again

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:




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


Grand piano made for Czar Nicholas I of Russia:


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.

Video of the Week #58: How Low Can You Go?

Video of the Week #58: How Low Can You Go?

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Clown

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Clown

Sorry, it’s a little blurry, but that raises the creepiness factor. This is a mechanical clown in the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.


I hereby submit it for my entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

The Musical Instrument Museum Revisited

The Musical Instrument Museum Revisited

You might know that the MIM is one of my favorite places on earth. (See previous posts about the MIM here, here, and here.) A world-class museum located in Phoenix, it contains an extensive collection of thousands of instruments. So when my brother Bill visited from New Jersey last month, I made sure I took him to the MIM.

Here are some of the things we saw:


Taylor Swift’s piano.

Instruments from Africa, some with exquisite carving (click on any to scroll through enlargements and see my captions):

From Asia:

And the Middle East:

We also saw lots of xylophones, but I used those pictures for a post on April 28, 2016.

We didn’t even get to Europe and North and South America. Oh, well, Bill. You’ll have to visit again so we can see the rest of the museum.

My brother and I are rocking out in the Experience Gallery:



Video of the Week #21

Video of the Week #21

First, watch the movie. Then, if you haven’t yet, read my article MIMeography and watch my MIM slideshow.



This piece was first posted on Doing Life Together. On Saturday, I’ll post a slideshow of photographs I’ve taken at the MIM.

Doing Life Together

MIM ext from mim.org

If you are ever in the Phoenix, Arizona area, I recommend you spend a few hours at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). This world-class cultural center will delight your senses. I’ve gone five times, and I look forward to going again. The MIM was founded by Robert J. Ulrich, former CEO and chairman emeritus of Target Corporation.

The Building

Inlaid marble floor at the foot of a circular staircase at the MIM Inlaid marble floor at the foot of a circular staircase at the MIM

The MIM opened in April, 2010. Although the building is relatively new, its organic style makes it seem like it’s been there forever. That was intentional. Architect Rich Varda designed it to evoke the topography of the Southwest. Indian sandstone is the primary element on the building’s façade. Patterns on the floors, walls, and ceilings suggest the geological striations of the Arizona landscape. The museum encompasses 200,000 square feet on two floors.MIM 007

The Collection

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