Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Jason and I both went to BYU, and even though it's been quite a while since we moved away, we just keep going back!
We go to Provo at least once a month. All four of my siblings live there, we go to football or basketball games, or we go for the museums (or a combination of all of those things!)
One of our favorite places to take our kids is the Museum of Art at BYU. Admission is free and we've seen so many wonderful exhibits over the years--Walter Wick (Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic), Carl Bloch (The Master's Hand), Dorothea Lange (Three Mormon Towns), AT WAR!, Suburbia, Brian Knep, Beauty and Belief (Islamic Culture), William Lamson, Michael Whiting (8-bit modern). Our personal favorites are always in the multimedia rooms with crazy weird videos, heat sensitive floor mats, all kinds of great stuff.
I've been excited for the current exhibitions for months! Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami?!?! How cool is that??
We went down to Provo a few weeks ago to check it out!

Tempe and Helena loved this "Silver Clouds"-inspired Andy Warhol exhibit.

"People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly." Andy Warhol

The Andy Warhol exhibit was cool, but it turned out to be mostly stuff we had already seen, like the Marilyn Monroe or Queen Elizabeth (shown above) portraits.
After we saw the Andy Warhol exhibit, we went to the We Could Be Heroes exhibit upstairs, which I think edged out one we saw a few years ago as my #1 art exhibit of all time (I can't remember what it was called and I can't find it on their website, but it was all trash: hundreds of popped balloons weaved into a huge sculpture, dozens of packets of duck sauce tiling a wall).
Anyway, We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art was all about the values and shared perceptions of so-called heroes and monsters and their relationship in pop culture and a growing global culture. 

Jason and the girls posing in front of a Bob Dylan inspired piece.

Tempe was trying to pose like Bigfoot--she's not scared out of her mind, like she looks. 

Maybe the best part of the MOA? The kids' room in the northern part of the museum (down the hall across from the gift shop). Seriously, so great. This room changes with the exhibitions (a few months ago it was about Islamic culture) so right now it's themed around heroes in pop culture. There's a glass display case filled with action figures and toys from epic hero tales (LOTR, Spiderman, TMNT, etc), a video from YouTube that's the "most epic movie montage of all time" (it made me cry), a comic book making station, a dress up box of masks, and a ton of children's books.

How do I get a job as the curator for the children's section at an art museum? Not to brag, but I would be AWESOME at it.

This was a small print of one of the pictures from the exhibit. The words are in Polish, and I think they are "Cooking", "Cleaning", and "Dishes" (or something along those lines, at least). Love it!!!

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