This morning we decided to go to the DIA. A great museum!
First, we viewed the special exhibit of work by Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat. Featured works included several fascinating and evocative videos. My favorite of these, titled "Passage," which has an original score by Philip Glass. Visually I loved the stark and exotic landscapes and costumed villagers filmed in Morocco. Neshat's video art seems to me to have superior production values compared to the video art that I am accustomed to seeing in museums. Besides her videos the exhibit displayed many photographs, which the artist enhances by use of calligraphy and pen drawings.
We next enjoyed a small exhibit of Van Gogh works, a few from the museum, and one on loan from Musee D'Orsay in Paris. On loan is the painting of Van Gogh's bedroom at Arles -- we've seen it there, but it's interesting to see it isolated from the vast richness of Paris. The DIA has several other Van Goghs in its collection. I was amusing myself taking extreme close-ups: here is one from "Bank of the Oise...":
|Boar Hunting detail, from 15th century stained glass roundel|
|Lace collar from portrait of William Fitzwilliam by Cornelius Jonson|
|Ancient Babylonia Snake Dragon's head|
As we browsed, we briefly listened to a jazz concert in the Diego Rivera hall: