Inhibition: To ride while it’s snowing and 17 degrees. Also I am considering the commitment to attend a gallery talk or art lecture once a week for the remainder of the year…and to be clear, it’s not that I don’t want to attend these but more about simply being tired (sometimes :).
Betty’s Response: Riding in the snow suits me fine …and look lazy-ass, when you’re dead you can rest it up.
Experience: This Thursday Betty and I headed over to the Art Institute for a gallery talk on Utagawa Hiroshige’s (1797-1858) Japanese woodblock Winter Scene prints.
What I didn’t know: How touching it would be, looking at these prints created so long ago, empathizing as I make my way during these snowy, challenging, and beautiful Chicago winter days.
Plucked from the collection of some 1,600 prints, this exhibition features winter scenes that capture moments of daily life…exquisite delicate depictions of towns, travelers, landscapes, and birds…so small in contrast to the overwhelming results and continuum of winter.
Below are images taken with permission and belong solely to the Art Institute of Chicago.
So we’ll sign off for now with the extension of my challenge to all…SHOW ME WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW!!!