Tuesday, 9/11: Wendover to Provo: 163 mi, I-80 to I-17
|Wasatch Mountains from BYU|
|Entrance to BYU Museum of Art|
|"Juno" by Reuben Nakian, 1897-1986|
We started with lunch at museum cafe. The setting is lovely because it is located on the second floor and large windows show views of the mountains. Since it is a Mormon school, I was interested to observe the students; many were obviously accompanied by their mothers; a few were parents and had their own children with them. Dress in general was conservative, except the girls all wore skinny pants.
Next we went out into the sculpture garden where we found a pleasant mix of abstract and figurative works by 20th Century Americans in a lovely setting.
|"Eight-bit Modern" by Michael Whiting|
|"Sleepwalking," by James Avanti, b. 1942|
|Untitled (Paper-clad Hangers), by Dan Steinhilber, 2008|
Foyer of BYU Museum of Art; Photo by Jan
The museum was exhibiting three of Dixon's large depression paintings. Since we couldn't take photos, I grabbed images off the web for two of them.
|Forgotten Man, from Internet|
|Free Speech, from the Internet|
Dixon is primarily known for his scenes of the Southwest, including Utah. Here's a more typical example of his work, which I photographed at the Denver Art Museum.
|"Wide Lands of the Navajo," by Maynard Dixon, 1875-1946|
Denver Art Museum
As for contemporary art, there was an exhibit comparing Takashi Murakami, a prolific Japanese artist born in 1962, with Andy Warhol, an American artist born in 1928. Both artists are known for flat art, lacking dimension or perspective, and for commercializing their approach.
|Photo of Special Exhibit poster by Dan|
The museum also had a few exhibits that didn't interest us, such as Medieval English alabaster carvings of religious scenes, and pretentious art videos. They had a large display of Islamic art, but decorative art is less interesting when removed from its setting; for instance, they made a big deal about one or two special tiles, when we've been in rooms that were covered with patterned tile of higher quality.
When we had seen all the art, we had a quick walk around the campus. It is quite large, and the buildings we saw were generally modern and newish.
|"Brigham Young" by his son Mahonri Young, 1877-1957|
|9/11 Memorial Wreath and Honor Guard|
After dinner we picked up Coke and water at Buy Low market in the same shopping center. Then Dan watched Giants on TV.Here's the link to the map: Art Journey 2012
To see the detailed itinerary, click here: Itinerary