Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Break Staycation: Picasso Exhibit

We're on Spring Break this week. Since we already took our ski trip in March we're just hanging out at home. Enjoying some of the local attractions. On Wednesday, it was a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see the Picasso exhibit with some friends.

The ballerinas weren't overly excited about the idea of looking at art for the day. So I loaded up my big orange handbag with three cameras. The big mamma jamma for me. A point and shoot for BB. And my camera phone for LB. That bag was h.e.a.v.y. But it was going to be worth the welts on my shoulder to capture these once-in-a-lifetime images of the ballerinas co-mingling with works of fine art. That is until I handed over the tickets. And came face to face with the sign.  

"No photography allowed in the exhibit." No freakin' way. 

Well...I noticed there were some other criminals like-minded culture vultures snapping shots with their iPhones. So I pulled mine out too. Two seconds later the uniformed lady was on me like a fly on sh$t. She rambled on and on. Something about French representatives. Nightly reviews of surveillance tapes. Fines against the museum for  photos taken.

I assured her I hadn't taken any photographs. Not like those others posing with Les Desmoiselles d'Avignon over there in the corner. I offered her my phone to inspect. Yet she declined. Big mistake. And so I proudly share with you a few works from Picasso's collection privée.

Pouples et fille
Octopus and Girl
wood block relief

Homme de tatouage
Tattoo Man
oil on canvas

Les dames qui déjeunent
Ladies who lunch
india ink on parchment 

Fille avec le cône de glace
Girl with ice cream cone
sculpture in bronze 

 La cuisine de Weezie
Weezie's Kitchen
charcoal and watercolor on paper

La longue promenade à la maison
The long walk home
oil on cardboard

No. I didn't lie. I didn't take any photos in the exhibit. But not because I didn't want to. Or try to.


Nicolle said...

You make me laugh. I would have been SO bummed about the no photos thing too! Although I had a feeling when you started saying you packed your cameras that they were going to tell you that. BUMMER!

LOVE your photos!

Kimberly {YeP, they are all mine} said...


I tell ya friend, you've got a talent here!!!

Amy said...

LOL! Love these.

Thanks for your comments on my SP. I find them hard to do too. Most of my neighbors know I'm crazy but I took yesterday's on the walking path by my house. I was praying no one would walk by and wonder what on earth I was doing. So, let's see you! Wouldn't it be nice if we were all close enough to call up and go for a walk?

sloan said...

sorry you got shut down with your bag full o' contraband, that stinks - but i sure do love these other shots you got, especially 'pouples et fille'!!

Kerri said...

YOu're so funny Kim! That stinks you couldn't take picturs...I agree with Sloan, your other pictures are awesome! The ice cream picture of BB is her curls!

gabe said...

Looks like they had some fun anyway!

Oh, i am so jealous of the shorts and short sleeve shirts i see.. .

It feels like spring will never be here to stay!

karren said...

I'm laughing my head off!! Your commentary is hilarious! Your poor shoulder..packing that heavy baby around and not being able to use it.

Jennifer Thompson said...

Too funny!
Looks like you had a great time even though you were 'shut down'.

Kristin said...

Your post is the funnies thing I've read all day and the accompanying photos are awesome. I can really see some new artistic flair shining through. My favorite is the shot of BB with the ice cream. I love her curls and of course any girl who likes ice cream is a girl after my own heart.

I know just what you mean about wanting to pick up the phone and call them...I've done that so many times. It still seems so unreal! It's hard to believe it's approaching 6 months already. I feel like I'm doing better and then something will happen or I'll think of something and it's like my whole world comes crashing down around me again. I'm glad to be in my Mom's favorite place surrounded by her family; it is comforting even though I wish more than anything in the whole world that she was here with us too!

Bridget said...

Man, they should let you use cameras...

Love your artistic pieces, though!! said...

you, clever thing, you.

Kristi said...

You are so funny! And so clever! Love this post, your pictures are adorable! I needed a good laugh!

I would have been so bummed that I couldn't use ALL the equipment that was brought! So cute! I just went back through to tell you which pictures are my favorites and I really can't decided, they are all soooooo good!!!

Amy said...

I'm impressed with your french. Very cute and clever post.

I would have done the same thing. I'm really good at breaking stupid rules.

Jen said...

Love your little museum here! Some rules are just so silly!

Dani said...

Ha! Awesome.

Way to stick it to da man.

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