Thursday, December 03, 2009

Artful experience

Along with having a great Thanksgiving dinner with my family, we also went to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

The museum first opened in 1933. A crowd of 8,000 waited in line to see this new building and its treasures of art.

Badminton, anyone? "Shuttlecock," by Claes Oldenburg on the front lawn.

A new addition, the Bloch Building, opened in 2007. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the structure is made of glass "lenses" which glow in the light. This is the intersection between old and new.

I'll post photos tomorrow of the interior of the Bloch Building with its amazing light.


Anonymous said...

cattle town
jolted by jazz
out of long
torpor, then Bird tosses
a Stravinsky riff back
in time, forward, pillars
of community funding museum's
Athens shrine, jolted
once more
by lens lanterns sandblasted
glass galleries: be
bop eloquence, at bottom,
close to the bottoms,
don't cross no cross
when you go there,
bring plenty of light,
muses can't live on beef
for long

Ms M said...

Love your historical take on KC :)

Katie said...

Oh you sure caught the light perfectly here! What an interesting building; I do like the juxtaposition of old and new architectural styles.