Friday, May 29, 2015

Our heads got full

We enjoy art museums. But after about an hour, we're like the student in the Farside cartoon who asks "Can I be excused?  My head is full."

So we spent just about an hour at a museum just ten miles miles my Mom's house: Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

About Oberlin College: It's the first coeducational college in the USA and the first to admit African Americans. Oberlin College also has the oldest music conservatory in the country. Michelle Obama gave the commencement address last Monday. And, Oberlin College's art museum has been described as one of he best college or university art museums in the country.

On display were sculptures from 3000 BC (three thousand!), contemporary art, paintings by the masters, Biblical-based paintings from the 1500s and 1600s, etc.  Very nice.
Entrance to the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
When you walk in, a big sign says "Look up."  What you see is an amazing ceiling that's just been refurbished in preparation for the museum's 100th anniversary in 2017.  The ceiling features 100 paintings of birds and foliage.
Clockwise from top left;  Wisteria as painted by Monet near the end of his life; "The Death of Adonis" by Gaulli circa 1683; "Young Girl Seated" by Matisse on the right; and a Diego Rivera self portrait.
After visiting the art museum, we had lunch at the Black River Cafe where Jim got a crepe as long as his forearm.  The food was good, but the beer selection was small.  And halfway through our 45-minute wait for the food, I remembered that when I ate here once with my cousin the service was very slow. Next time we'll try Feve, which was across the street and had a huge line -- apparently for a reason.  As an aside, the Cleveland Cavaliers just got in the NBA finals, and that's a fan wearing LaBron James' number in the background.

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