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.