Crystal Bridges, still life, and burgers
My daughter and I went to Crystal Bridges a couple weeks ago and ate lunch at Eleven (the restaurant). We sat at Table 11—I loved the salt and pepper shakers.
The restaurant is participating in Sutter Home’s Build a Better Burger contest. http://www.sutterhome.com/build-a-better-burger-recipe-contest/rules#
The idea is to photograph your meal and post it to Instagram. We’re not on Instagram so I’ll just share it here.
We also viewed the new exhibit, American Encounters: The Small Treasures of Still Life; here are two interesting still life paintings. The first represents a practice during the Civil War of children giving apples to passing soldiers. Fruit Pieces, Apples on Tin Cups, 1864, William Sidney Mount.
The other is a depiction of currency during the economic downturn at the time—even then, the government frowned on any realistic representation of currency. The central bill is for 10 cents. Just imagine if we used currency instead of coin for a dime.
There’s a room off from the exhibit with items allowing you to compose your own still life and draw or photograph it. There is also an electronic display that allows you to make a still life. Here is mine, titled Flying Objects.
Lastly, we viewed the new acquisition, Flag, Jasper Johns, 1983, encaustic on silk flag on canvas (11-5/8 in x 17-1/2 in).
Stay tuned for one more post–then I think I’ll take a few days off and get caught up around the house. Have a great week.