Bumming Around with Daisy 2011 travel blog

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Anima' 2000, Bill Viola, Color video triptych shown on three LCD flat...

'Árbol xilográfico' [Printmaking Tree] c. 2001, Abel Barroso, Wood and cardboard installation

'Cosmonauta' [Cosmonaut], 1968, Carlos Colombino, Oil on carved wood

'Illustration for Book of Job' undated, Lucas Cranach, Woodcut

'Knot with a Heart-Shaped Shield' 1505, Albrecht Dürer, Woodcut

'Plovers' 1920s, Ohara Koson, Color woodcut

'Hidroluz' [Hydrolight], 1975, Gyula Kosice, Plexiglas, light, motor and water in a...

'Blue Woman in Black Chair', 1981, George Segal, Painted plaster and metal.

Blanton GIft Shop - Barbara Hillsman

Blanton GIft Shop - Dianne Bennett & Virginia Staats

Blanton GIft Shop - Glenda Alexander (My hair is really not orange!)


Today Dianne, Virginia, Barbara Hillsman (Virginia’s neighbor) and I went to the Blanton Museum of Art to see a special exhibit, “Overture – New Ways of Seeing the Blanton Collection.” It is a selection of prints, drawings, paintings, video installations and sculpture that spans centuries and continents.

There were some very unusual pieces. One of the most intriguing was ‘Anima’ – color video triptych shown on three LCD flat panels. Artist Bill Viola directed three actors to express a sequence of emotions - joy, sorrow, anger and fear - within one minute. He then slowed the speed of the video playback to eighty-two minutes. Thus, the changes from one expression to the next are barely perceptible. I took three sets of photos showing some of the changes. We didn’t want to sit there the full eighty-two minutes to see the entire range of emotions!

After our tour, we had lunch at the Blanton Café. I had the special lentil soup and half sandwich, both of which were delicious. As I was sitting down at the table, the top piece of bread came off and fell to the floor! I took it back and asked for another piece of bread but the chef gave me another sandwich instead. I ate it tonight.

We were glad to have Barbara join us today. She is a retired Air Force officer.

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