Friday, September 26, 2014
My Lucky Day!
So yesterday was my lucky day! I landed in Minneapolis, and immediately drove to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for a quick visit. Got there at 2:45, thinking that it would close at 5. But it was Thursday, and it was open until 9 PM! Then there was a photo show that was being installed during the day, that I couldn't see. But a staff member who I was talking with said that there would be a talk by the photography curator at 7 PM. So not only did I get to see the photography show but got to meet and talk with the curator as well! In terms of visiting the museum, I kind of just wandered around. I stumbled across this piece, above in the Egyptian section. It is a detail from a false door that was once installed in a tomb. What's amazing is that it was done in 2400 BC! It is carved into the surface of a flat piece of stone. It is a little funny when you look at it - you're not sure if the relief goes in, or comes out. It goes in. Please click on it to see it in detail. It is a stunning carving and I studied it for a while. When it was approaching 9 PM I was exhausted, so left the museum just before closing. Look what I found on the way out! The columns were illuminated by color lights. Not the kind of thing you would expect with this kind of architecture, but I thought it was a wonderful and unexpected surprise. Be sure and click on the first photo so you can see the carving in more detail.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:42 PM