Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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...":

Other closeups:
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:

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