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Monday, September 26, 2011

Our World Tuesday: North Carolina Museum of Art

I always like to walk down the wooded path in the North Carolina Museum of Art park that leads to the Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky by Chris Drury.
When the weather permits the pinhole camera in the chamber projects an inverted image of the sky on the floor of the chamber but I think this works best in winter when the leaves have dropped from the trees. My sister was a good sport when she was visiting to head into the woods with me in spite of off and on again rain.
We actually lucked out with most of the rain happening after we were inside the museum.
The shot above is of the in door collection of works by Aguste Rodin and the shot below is of the Rodin Garden just outside the inside collection area.
It was raining when I took the shots above and below so I just stood inside with the door open for the photographs.
Then the day after I took the shots above, I was back walking on the trails at the NCMA and was able to shoot from a different perspective without the interference of rain.
I find that some of the large outdoor art at the museum grows on me such as the Ogromna by Ursula von Rydingsvard below.
Another of the relatively new pieces, shown below, that has grown on me is Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge by Henry Spenser Moore.
I've always responded to Auguste Rodin's work so they haven't taken any time for me to get used to. UPDATE - I should mention that the Rodin below is on loan to the museum although they have a gift of a large group for the permanent collection. I also read a good article about what is considered an "original" Rodin and it discusses this museum collection. You can click here for that article.

Lowe's Pavilion by Mike Cindric and Vincent Petrarca (shown below) looks different depending on the light. Not much light when I shot it and I even considered it as a good place to run to for shelter if the rain poured down too hard.
I spend more time walking on the paths in the art museum park than I do in the museum.
I like to look at the art inside but it's nice to be able to mix the outdoor art, nature, and walking for exercise outside.
Above is the Crossroad Trickster I by Martha Jackson Jarvis which from a distance almost looks like a huge ear of corn. The shapes in a distance in the middle right of the same shot are the very top of part of the Gyre by Thomas Sayre. Below is the stage of the ampitheatre in the museum park.
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Cezar and Léia said...

wow this Museum is outstanding, I'm enchanted by the sculptures and the beautiful green around!Every picture is special, thanks for sharing!:)

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, I also love Rodin's work. I have visited the Rodin museum in Paris and it too has a garden display space that I think is more powerful than the indoor museum. Thanks for the post it bring back memories.

Penelope Notes said...

The creative mind is truly visible in this wonderful museum you visited, Carver, not only in the work itself but also in the setting where the art is displayed. I have a small version of The Thinker in my home and assume the one at the museum is also a replica. The sculptures you’ve shown in this post are delightfully diverse and certainly do make you think. :)

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting. The Thinker by Rodin is one of 20 "originals" of that work and is on loan to the museum. Most of the Rodins were a gift to the permanent collection. Since I find in confusing as to what is an original Rodin and what isn't I'm copying a link to an article that I think explains it pretty well and also discusses this collection. I also updated the post with that link.

Snap said...

What a lovely museum. I love outdoor sculpture.

Sylvia K said...

I love Rodin's work as well and these are terrific captures, Carver! What a great tour of a fantastic museum! Such a beautiful place. Love all the green and the garden display! Hope you have a great week!


B i r g i t t a said...

Awesome - a fantastic place! I would love to walk there too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love this place -- thanks for the tour (and for all the research you did). I too love outdoor art! (Rain? All those years we lived in Oregon we just never let it bother us much -- otherwise months would have gone by when we never left the house ;>). It's so different down South -- places always look deserted during a rain.

Photo Cache said...

I love Rodin also.

So busy with catching up at work that I may not be able to participate in any meme in a week or so. Hope all's well.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the tour and for sharing your photos. Years ago, in the dim and distant past, I saw the Rodin museum in Paris. It was very small and I think that the North Museum of Art offers far more space for all those statues.

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous! The outdoor art is wonderful.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

SandyCarlson said...

What a great place. Rodin's method of replicating his own work at various scales was pretty interesting. I love all that you have captured here.

Indrani said...

Amazing sculpted pieces. Very interesting place to visit and you have such wonderful subjects to photograph.

Karen said...

A perfect day, forest and art! I love outdoor sculptures.

Ebie said...

His art is exquisite. The bamboo trees add a fine touch of the display.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful, graceful statues - and such lovely gardens!

Jim said...

Beautiful art.
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Gemma Wiseman said...

So love the intriguing art in this sculpture garden! And the ambience of that courtyard area is very Zen like! Great photos!

NatureFootstep said...

such an interesting place. Woudl like to go myself. I really like the cottage or whatever it is in the first shot.

Gattina said...

That's an excellent idea to mix nature with art. Rodin was a genius, his statues look so alive !

Arija said...

What a great collection of Rodins! I too love the Henry Moore. A great post Carver! Thank you.

LifeRamblings said...

that looks like a wonderful museum. i'd love to visit this place someday.


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