I’ve been catching up on the social scene in my neck of the woods. I am slowly stepping out. When, I lived in New York, I had retreated from things I used to do for fun. I used to go to the museum with my friends, go out to eat or stay at their house and eat their food, go out to events/concerts. I still kept up with the concerts because I love Music, particularly African music but a lot of other things had fallen through the cracks because life got in the way.
In the past two weeks, I’ve been learning more about this city that I live in and trying to see if there is anything here beyond school that will make me put down my second nail. (think analogy of building a house). This search led me to the Menil and also to a Japanese festival.
The Japanese festival was a lot of fun. Many lovers of Japanese culture displayed aspects of Japanese music, food, dance etc. Of course, with Anime being rather huge in the United States,there were many native Texans dressed as Anime characters which was quite interesting to see, when one considers that many view Texans as being ultra conservative. Houstonians love to have a good time and they will create that good time in this urban jungle. Yes, I used the phrase urban jungle. If you are a lover of nature, be ready to be depressed for a couple of weeks before you snap out of it.
This event took place at the Herman Memorial Park which I fell in love with instantly. Oh my goodness! I think being in that park with the water falls and the bodies of water (man-made) but clean not murky or brown was like nirvana. A weight was lifted off my shoulders.
But, I really enjoyed the Japanese festival. It was a lot of fun seeing people embrace a culture that really isn’t theirs; it was great seeing people of Japanese origins being willing to share that part of who they are. 🙂
My second fun outing experience was to the Menil Museum. I had heard so much about the Menil Museum from many Houstonians that I just had to go check it out. My first lesson when I got there was to realize that people actually do dress up to go to the museum. As an aside,’i wonder if people dress up to go to the zoo. They had cocktails and served food- (goat meat, another meat, and more meat with some korean dumpling). The food tasted really good but I had to separate the dumplings from the goat meat and just had the dumplings and the vegetables. So delicious.
Since I am not an Arts aficionado, I lost that mojo many years ago, I was now looking at Art just as a lay person and enjoying it without the extra knowledge. I really enjoyed viewing the selection of pieces from Greece, different parts of Africa, India etc. It was like stepping back in time to my world history class in high school. Many of the objects looked familiar. That part was fun.
The main attraction was the ‘mystery of the ordinary’ which was made up of art works from private collections. My favorite pieces were the ‘acrobat’s ideas’, le double secret (the double secret), la clairvoyance, la magic noire.
The acrobats ideas just spoke to me of the multiple juggling of realities that many women have to go through often on a daily basis.
Ie double secret – spoke to me of the dual personalities that many women often have. We show different faces dependent on who we are speaking with and what the environment is like. You can be an extrovert in one setting and be a complete introvert in another.
La clairvoyance spoke to me of seeing further. Some might see just an egg which could be cracked open and fried but someone who is visionary, sees the potential within that egg. This person sees the future; this person sees a big bird that can fly to the sky. Some can view the painter in this picture as a holy being, i.e God but others who aren’t spiritual might view the painter as a guide,a parent, a person who wants the best for that little egg.
La magic noire was simply a woman standing by the sea but the question really is this, is she human or isn’t she?
I believe good art makes one think and question. Those spoke to me but there were many pieces that I really did not understand. I hope to go back before June 1st. Did I forget to add this? You do not have to pay a fee to visit the museum. It is completely free. You know how I love my free stuff! 🙂 It is open till June 1st.
That’s it for now…. I hope to take my books and head out to a park in my neck of the woods, this weekend. Maybe, I will find another place that might make me put down my third nail.