Zoomed up to Tacoma Friday evening and checked in to the lovely Hotel Murano.
Because of the proximity to the Glass Museum and being in Chihuly-land, the museum is filled with glass work of varying kinds:
We were there for Roger to give a talk in conjunction with a current show at the Tacoma Art Museum, “A Concise History of Northwest Art.”
His talk was entitled “The Mountain and the Metropolis” and when we looked out the window Saturday morning it seemed appropriate:
(The museum is in the foreground with the word “ART” on it)
We headed to the museum
for the set-up:
The lecture was quite thought-provoking. Roger spoke of the “inter-textuality” of art work and the ability for work made at different times, in different cultures and different places, to resonate even if the makers were unaware of each other. The opening pair was Piero della Francesca (mid-15th century Italian) and Amanda Snyder (mid 20th century Oregonian):
I sat with the associate curator and we agreed that as she said “doors are opening in my head”. The idea of regional art not as lesser and parochial was interesting. I’m hoping Roger will give this lecture again locally, as it was very thought-provoking.
After a nice evening eating Japanese food with Margaret and Dan we returned to the Murano for a nightcap in the bar where perhaps the largest horse lamp in existence resides:
This morning after breakfast at “The Bite”
we headed to Portland arriving in time for lunch with Zach at Bread & Ink: