Snappity Doo – Blog Challenge 2 – Museums

February 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm 4 comments

Alec is right. I chose today’s (err yesterday’s) topic because I declared it while I was in a Museum…how extremely convenient!


Alex has been wanting to visit the AMOA (Austin Museum of Art) ever since he moved down here in January ’07. Today (err yesterday) we were finally able to cross that off the list of “things to do in Austin.” I’m not extremely familiar with the museum, only having been there 3 or 4 times prior. It was the first place I ever drew a naked man…or woman. I was 18 and took a life drawing class to get some extra work for my entry portfolio for art school. Let’s just say that I’m glad I got the worst life drawing experience out of the way first…when I was a teen. Because that meant i could handle anything after that. The guy must have been AT LEAST 78 and was the teacher’s husband…oi. Old, floppy balls are hard to draw.

But anyway, I digress, the exhibits that are currently at the AMOA are Clifford Ross’s collection of black & white and color photography called “Outside Realism.” As well as Lordy Rodgriguez’s collection of obscure maps called “States of America.” We chose a lucky day and time to go to the museum too because each artist was there and led a group of visitors around their pieces to explain them in depth themselves! It was great. And especially great after running into a new friend who enjoys art and culture as much as we do!


Ross’s collection of photography is what I enjoyed the most. He had a series called “Music Waves” of the surf and waves during or right before a hurricane would hit shore. They were spectacular, the shapes, motion, and textures he captured…some looked like frothy milk explosions while others looked like snow. I would love to own some…someday when I’m rich and can buy art like a crazy Medici.

Rodriguez’s collection of hand drawn maps were daunting. The amount of work and precision he put into them was amazing…as was the subject matter. He basically recreated the entire map of the United States based on his own memories and experiences. Also adding new states such as Internet, Hollywood, and Disney. The colors used were bold and creative and one couldn’t help but get up close and really appreciate the craftsmanship that went into each and every square inch.

So we enjoyed ourselves…good museum visit for sure. The addition of the artists actually being there to talk to us and answer our questions proved to be extra cool! Go Museums!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alec  |  February 22, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    My first life-drawing experience was much like yours! As in it was a very old guy who actually fell asleep in the middle of a pose… and started snoring. Also, his penis twitched. Freshman A-Town was never the same…

    But it’s a rite of passage, as you said. We are the better for it.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the AMOA — it’s always nice to bring along someone who’s never been — you end up seeing things with a new set of eyes.

  • 2. Alec  |  February 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Late two days in a row? I smell a slaaaacker!

  • 3. Leah  |  February 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “floppy balls” ha ha

  • 4. erynchandler  |  February 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Alec: we are better for it. your experience sounds slightly worse.

    leah: i know, it’s the only way to describe that experience though.


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