Monday, January 9, 2017
At the Phoenix Art Museum last Friday, I got off the elevator to the Contemporary Art gallery and saw these two girls admiring one of my favorite pieces at the gallery. It's a digital projection of a tree that sort of blows in the wind. It sways back and forth gracefully as it changes colors for the four seasons. It's by artist Jennifer Steinkamp and it's called Mike Kelley 13, in honor of one of her teachers.
One of the girls became inspired to move in sort of ballet-like movements along with the tree. It was a beautiful sight. When she heard my camera click she turned and was a bit embarrassed but I said "please continue, it's beautiful" so she did. Isn't that what an art museum is all about? Inspiring people, making them feel something, making them think...those should be the goals of any good museum. It's why I go to museums in whatever city I happen to be visiting. There is always something to inspire me.
I took this photo way back in 2010. I thought I had posted it before but, it looks like I didn't. I just loved the way this gentleman was admiring the tree. It's exactly what I do almost every time I visit the museum. I always pause to watch the tree move.