Our World Tuesday: Toulouse Lautrec and Friends in New Britain, Connecticut

We made our way to the New Britain Museum of American Art on Saturday to take in an exhibit of Toulouse Lautrec's art--primarily his commercial work.  (How Lautrec wound up in a museum of American art, I do not  know.)  There was Don Quixote at the end of the driveway to say hello.  He's a little on the gaynt side these days, and he seems to have lost his pants, but he's still charming in his way.  (What for pants when you have all that personality?)

The museum used to be housed in the big ol' house in the background of this image.  Since our last visit, the place sure grew, and it's beautiful.
The museum offers free admission between 10 and 12 on Saturdays, so we were off to a good start.  We had no problem getting past this security guard, either.  At first we thought he was friendly, but it turns out he was a stuffed shirt.
Before we got to the Lautrec exhibit, we encountered this one, which was just plain stunning.  It's made from 20,000 paper and plastic cups.


Artist Lisa Hoke created "The Gravity of Color" in 2008.  The name is perfect because the work attracted every single person who climbed the stairs.  Everybody seemed to enjoy the color and the fluid form.  (How not to love so much pure color?)  Hoke's story appealed to me.  She graduated UNC Greensboro with a degree in English and then woke up one day and realized she wanted to be an artist.  That's after next to no art experience as a kid.  So she got herself a BFA in 1978, and away she went.

We weren't allowed to take photos of the main attraction.  The works that were there brought the Belle Epoque to life.  The immediacy, the energy, the awe, and the pleasure Lautrec felt for his subjects as they performed on stage were palpable.  He could capture a lot of energy and emotion with a few strokes of the pencil.  He could also make a person's career by drawing him or her--and then creating a demand for his work while controlling how many prints were made.  He knew how to market himself as well as others, that's for sure.

Back at the ladies room, there was this guy:


"Only the shadow knows."  This display had me thinking of my parents, who always light up when they talk about the radio shows they used to listen to.

Outside, we came across a lady I'm calling The Queen of Chill because I didn't read her little sign.

After that, we went to Little Poland for lunch.  I had borscht and thought it was pretty darn good.

Our World Tuesday


Comments

  1. What a fun day and what a great Museum!! I'm just a tad envious, but getting to enjoy your photos is the next best thing! These are really terrific! Hope you have a great week!

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  2. the cup art is pretty awesome!

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  3. Anonymous12:25 PM

    That colourful ball of string art is wonderful.

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  4. All that and you got to see it for free. Thumbs up! And the borscht sounds delicious.

    I'd have been drawn to that colourful sculpture too. And how cool an English teacher has become an accomplished artist. Two very different disciplines, at least to my way of thinking.

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  5. I like the Chihuly chandelier too.

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  6. That looked like a very fine day
    I agree the wall mural was gorgeous
    as were the statues and the borscht sounded real tasty.
    I like mine with sour creme but I haven't made it in a long time.
    If I make it with beets no one eats it. but beets are good for you.

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  7. Cool fun day :-)

    Aloha

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  8. Food and art...good combination.
    Love the color piece.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  9. ah, I love your outing!

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  10. Amazing art work at the museum! I liked the creative colorful wall art with plastic cups very much.

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  11. lovely sculptures and the colourful art piece is absolutely gorgeous.

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  12. What a fun day out. That cup sculpture is awesome.

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  13. Beautiful displays at the museum.

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  14. museums are a fun destination for a day trip.

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  15. Awesome captures! Love the "The Gravity of Color"!!!

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  16. The Queen of Chill--you nailed it!:p
    what a lovely visit to the museum, i've been planning to visit one for the longest time but i always get sidetracked with something. amazing the Gravity of Colors is made from recycled materials.

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  17. The Queen of Chill--you nailed it!:p
    what a lovely visit to the museum, i've been planning to visit one for the longest time but i always get sidetracked with something. amazing the Gravity of Colors is made from recycled materials.

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  18. The Queen of Chill--you nailed it!:p
    what a lovely visit to the museum, i've been planning to visit one for the longest time but i always get sidetracked with something. amazing the Gravity of Colors is made from recycled materials.

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  19. That explosion of colour at the top of the stairs would be a big favourite of mine but I enjoyed looking at the pictures of the other exhibits. Seems like there is a lot to see at the museum.

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  20. thanks for taking us along-it's always frustrating when they won't let you take photos in museums...

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  21. Yes Don Q looks like he needs to be fed! And oh my gosh, I listened to The Shadow as a kid. I am old!

    What a lovely day you had. That sculpture is wonderful and a great story the artist has. Museums must have quite a tough time enforcing the 'no photo' rules nowadays, unless they make people check their phones at the beginning.

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