22 June 2010 @ 04:49 pm
Visited the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston today with my mother, who is in town. I had been away from the museum for a long time after I worked there and I hadn't ever fully explored the new building. I'd gone to special exhibits but never taken the time just look at the permanent collection in its new digs. What a doofus.

Whittering on about art and a couple of photos I scavenged from the internet )

On the downside, the gift shop is still as frustrating as ever. It's light and airy and so much nicer than it used to be but they still carry artsy items that don't really relate to what you've just seen in the galleries. Mom and I were looking, hoping to find something resembling some of the ancient vessels we'd seen upstairs and loved, but there was nothing. But that's a quibble. I have fallen in love with the new building and can't wait to go back.
Current Mood: impressed
09 May 2010 @ 08:35 pm
As a belated birthday gift, my membership to the local gym has been renewed!! I'm both excited and a little fearful. Excited because I need it and it will be good for me. Fearful because I need it and it will be good for me.

As a bonus, I had pre-paid for a bunch of personal trainer sessions before I had to let my membership lapse and they're going to honor those. So not only do I have the gym access again but I also have a trainer! I am going to be soooooo sore.


I love, love, love competing in LIMS with [livejournal.com profile] jehnt because we invariably end up talking process, even though I suspect everyone else is kind of "eh, what is up with those two?!?" because we sort of highjack the post. We have this crazy sympatico thing where we approach graphics in very much the same way. Every week, there's an alternates post where participants can post their rejected efforts and get feedback/suggestions/comments.

It is seriously the best part of the competition. It's a chance to learn a lot and [livejournal.com profile] jehnt is fearless in giving honest, useful feedback and suggestions. If you're a graphics maker, you know how crucial that is in getting better.

Aaaand, on that note, I really should see where we are on getting the next round of [livejournal.com profile] sg1_lims ready to go since we're a few weeks away from when I was hoping to start the next round and I've only just now noticed that fact; I've been having too much fun having time to compete in other challenges. Eeep!
Current Mood: happy
01 July 2007 @ 09:59 am

I LOVE this photo! It was taken by [livejournal.com profile] mrkamikaze and it's the best capture of the MFAH's light tunnel that I've seen.

I worked at the museum back when they were expanding and I recall the angst that went into deciding what to put in the tunnel between the new and old buildings. At first, it was to be a simple hall and they were going to install cases to hold some of the museum's admittedly scanty collection of Native American arts. Then that got bogged down in the politics of marginalizing non-Western art to "pass by" status and the wank was long and bitter.

I'll admit, I rolled my eyes when they announced that the tunnel would, itself, become a work of light art. How wrong I was. The light shifts color and it's very, very cool experiential art. A bit disorienting to walk through but it's brilliant.
Current Mood: impressed