Join me as I wander through the second floor of the MFA. What a glorious way it was to spend my Friday afternoon. One of the first things that impressed me was the detail of inlay work on an English cabinet by Bruce Talbert from 1875.
Visit to a Museum by Edgar Degas. I was enjoying seeing an actual Degas painting up close and personal until I read the exhibit text that quoted the artist as saying he wanted "to give the idea of that bored and respectfully crushed and impressed absence of sensation that women experience in front of paintings." Talented painter, member of the Big Pile of Dicks Brigade.
Eddie baby, I present the following evidence in contrast to your notion. This room took my breath away. On the right wall are a collection of works by Claude Monet. Directly in front are several Van Gogh paintings. On the left is a group of Renoirs. There were sculptures by Degas and Rodin in the room. Being in a single room containing so many works by so many artists I have admired, being able to see these things up close and personal as opposed to only in books...it was spiritual. There was, in fact, a great overwhelming sensation of awe, which prevented a hasty exit from the gallery, for this woman. Take that, Degas!
After that mountaintop experience I entered a gallery of quite different works. Nothing like a beaded figurine of a naked, banana-wielding woman astride a Holstein to bring you back to Earth. Ladies and gentlemen, I present Dairy Queen by Liz Manfredini. Again, no dearth of sensation, just a hearty giggle.
Logo. It's a Dale Chihuly piece called Seaform. Chihuly is a famous glass worker based in Seattle, which is generally known for its art glass production. I thought it was funny that I had to come to Boston to see a Chihuly when I had spent 10 days in Seattle back in September.