Friday, January 15, 2010
What a fun exhibit! The Mother/Grandmother, The Daughter and I spent the morning at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens seeing Carry Me! Lucite Handbags from the Caryn Scheidt Collection. There are some photos at that link and more at Arts Memphis. The Commercial Appeal review has more pictures, as does this site. The Mother/Grandmother remembers handbags like this from the '50's but never had one herself. Many of them predate me completely. We all love them. Lots of the purses have rhinestones, and those are not my favorites. We like the "confetti" ones best and the "Florida Collection" ones least.
The Mother/Grandmother wasn't up for extensive garden viewing today -and it's just as well, since they're in the middle of planting- but we did see that they still have snow on the ground and a frozen fountain. If it's really "waiting for more snow" as The Mother/Grandmother says, I'm afraid it's waiting in vain.
We enjoy reminiscing about past exhibitions. It brings back memories from years ago. The Mother/Grandmother still lights up when she talks about the Dale Chihuly exhibit, and I loved when they showed the Van Gogh paintings.
Just a note: The last time The Younger Son went to the Dixon -he passed on today's excursion- he got jumped on by an employee for getting out his phone to check the time. Even after he explained what he was doing, the employee insisted he had to put the phone away. I found it interesting, then, that 2 women in the room with us today each spent quite some time talking on their cell phones, and the employees looked passively on. It's all well and good for the Dixon to say they want to involve younger people and be accessible to young adults, but -as The Mother/Grandmother always says- "Actions speak louder than words." He did not get the feeling his presence was anything of value to the museum the day he went. He says it's not his kind of young adult they want, and he's probably right. The employees are kinda hit-or-miss in the cranky department, though, so maybe he just a cranky one that day.
Oh, and I agree with The Daughter that the gift shop is "awesome".
The photo above comes from Wikipedia.