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I attended a lecture by architect Moshe Safdie the other night. I have no formal knowledge of architecture, but I love admiring it. I admire the design and creative vision that goes into a structure that has a functional purpose. Safdie showed some of his building projects, including a mixed-use resort in Singapore and an art museum in Kansas, and walked us through the design process. He likes to incorporate nature into his design, which I greatly appreciate. He’s built into hills and within forested land. The environment around each building plays a role in his design, as does the building’s purpose (a school, museum, residence, etc.). Some projects of his that I know and enjoy are the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and the Old Port in Montreal.
He ended the lecture with a poem he wrote and included at the end of one of his books. I liked it.
He who seeks Truth
Shall find Beauty
He who seeks Beauty
Shall find Vanity
He who seeks Order
Shall find Gratification
He who seeks Gratification
Shall be Disappointed
He who considers himself as the servant of his fellow being
Shall find the joy of Self-Expression
He who seeks Self-Expression
Shall fall into the pit of Arrogance
Arrogance is incompatible with nature
Through the nature of the universe
and the nature of man
we shall seek Truth
If we seek Truth, we shall find Beauty
It’s been a quiet week at the homestead. I finally put away my sweaters and brought out the shorts. Read a few magazines from the leaning tower.
But tomorrow it’s back to the birthday list. Item #33 is to attend a steampunk festival. I’ll be attending the Watch City Festival in nearby Waltham. Trips to Waltham two weekends in a row; who would’ve thunk it?
I’m looking forward to seeing some cool costumes and interesting music…
Over the past few years, I’ve been making my way to different local college and university art galleries and museums. This weekend I traveled to Brandeis University in Waltham to visit the Rose Art Museum. If you like modern and contemporary art, you will love this museum. It’s not too big, not too small. And the collection is diverse and wonderful. The museum itself has a fascinating history, too. So much of its works, and success, are due to generous donors. Now I fully understand why people were in an uproar in 2009, when Brandeis trustees announced its plan to sell pieces of art to make money for the school. The Rose is a gem of a museum with an important history, and none of its works should be sold off!
This is one of my favorite pieces: Nam Jun Paik’s Charlotte Moorman II.
If I lived closer to Northboro, I would be attending this high school musical set in a Wegmans!
First of all, the nasturtiums at the Gardner were beautiful. Photography wasn’t allowed, so here’s a photo from the ISG website:
I would recommend going to the museum in the evening…the ambience is very cool (albeit a bit dark) with the electric candles lit in every room.
And moving on to pottery class. Mary and I took the class at Feet of Clay in Brookline. I found the pottery wheel quite challenging. To be successful on the wheel, one has to keep the wheel at the correct speed, precisely shape the clay, and keep adding and taking away water from the clay.
After the fifth or sixth try, I gave up. I wasn’t leaving that class without making anything! So I fell back on “hand building.”
I made a pinch pot aka I shaped a small bowl with my hands. I then made a square dish, using a finished dish as a mold. And the teacher showed me how to press doilies on the clay to make a pretty imprint. I’ll receive the finished products in about a month.
I learned that pottery takes a lot of patience. Something that was in short supply on a Friday night after a long day. It is a beautiful medium, though. If you’re in the Brookline area at the end of April/beginning of May, check out the studio’s sale.