Thursday, November 22, 2007

Road trip?

When? Mid-March.

Route? Wichita to Kansas City to St. Louis to Chicago.

Why? To see this.

Have you taken leave of your financial senses? Probably. But it's something I want to think seriously about.

12 comments:

Winston said...

So, what do you have stopping you? Go for it! You deserve a break today... or at least this year...

John B. said...

It's the money I have to consider, though it might be a good use for my tax refund . . .

dd said...

AND - if you see the Hopper show in DC (which I did about a week ago) you can also see the FABULOUS Turner show... plus both shows are free at the National Gallery. In addition- the Corcoran is showing the work of Jeremy Blake, the deceased husband of Theresa Duncan, the blogster who committed suicide a few months ago. You may have read about their passing since it was all over the blogs and the NYT. The show was already on the schedule before the two took their lives. It is an interesting collection of sound and video work that is counted in an interesting way by the Annie Leibovitz and Ansel Andams exhibitions upstairs.

DC is good this time of year since the nasty weather really doesn't kick in the Mid-Atlantic region until January.

Road Trips can be great fun, though.

Sheila said...

A friend of mine saw the Hopper show in DC a short while back and pronounced it fine.

Lemme know if you're in my corner of the Midwest (Chicago and environs) come March.

(Ah, March in Chicago. The filthy mounds of discolored snow, the biting wind . . . the abyss . . . )

R. Sherman said...

When are you going? StL might be a good stopping point. (We're about 7 hours south of Chicago.) Let us know.

Cheers.

John B. said...

Thanks to all (and Pam in the previous post) for the encouragement. Randall and Sheila, I'll be in touch; tentatively, though, I'd hit the road on Friday, March 14.

I've blogged before about a really fine Hopper here at the Wichita Art Museum, and when I went to the Art institute years ago I saw Nighthawks in person. To see a bunch of Hoppers in one place would be a fine, fine thing, methinks.

Ashley said...

There's nothing like a road trip, or Chicago, either!!!

Great idea in posting it... I suppose it's much more likely now that everyone is telling you and reminding you that you HAVE to go!

Despite the expense, traveling is well worth it!

John B. said...

Ashley,
You are right, of course--about road trips, Chicago, and even seeking out at some level the encouragement of others, especially those living more or less along my route whom I've come to know via the blogosphere.

Besides: I've been known to go off to faraway places just to see some paintings before.

Sheila said...

You know, first I got it into my head to post a comment encouraging your inclination to throw financial caution to the winds in the interest of pursuing face-to-face encounters with works of art. Yep. That was in my head before I read your own note concerning that propensity of yours.

Big party at the Art Institute of Chicago!

Conrad H. Roth said...

I did Denver to St. Louis once; went through both Wichita and KC. The latter was probably the highlight. I was astonished to see Cranach and Caravaggio in the KC gallery. I thought I'd seen Grunewald but the internet tells me I didn't.

Gwynne said...

You don't need any more encouragement, I see, but DO IT! I made the road trip to the Art Institute for the Rembrandt show a few years back and I still can't stop talking about it...over 200 of his works in one place at one time! Hopper is bound to be just as good. You simply must.

John B. said...

Gwynne,
Thanks for stopping by and for the further encouragement. The Vermeer exhibit at the Met in 2001 was and remains for me like your seeing the Rembrandt show was for you. It's hard to think of a Hopper show in quite those same terms, but it'll do in a pinch.