I’m a museum geek. I stand in awe as I observe unusual architecture, sculpture I envision in motion, photographs that come alive, artwork that pulls me in. Yet, I delayed visiting one of my local museums until I announced to my husband that we were going to do a staycation. To relax his befuddlement, I explained that we were going to play tourists and enjoy a museum. And enjoy we did.
The Chrysler Museum of Art is displaying though October 30 a photography exhibit, Women and the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit portrays a depressing part of American history when Black citizens were brutalized for seeking equality. Some photos depict women who were fired, evicted, and beaten for registering to vote or participating in civil rights protests. Others show the dignity and determination of women who believed they’d make a difference. Organizers, supporters, and photographers risked and lost their lives fighting to live free. This exhibit captures that feeling of risk.
Another special exhibition is Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits, viewable through September 18. Seeing Ritts’ work is likely to have museum patrons seeking a photography course. One photo stood out as a mouth opener. That of Prince standing before amazing fall foliage is stupendous; truly breathtaking. Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Madonna, Cher, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, other rock greats. In addition to portraits, there are two video areas and a collection of album covers in the gallery with background music for mood. Well done.
We lunched at Wisteria, http://www.chrysler.org/files/resources/wisteria-menu-r-7-7-2016.pdf, the Chrysler restaurant, which offers a wide variety of menu options. My small plate order of avocado with lump crab and arugula was delicious enough that I look forward to visiting for Sunday brunch.
After lunch we toured a permanent exhibit, the glass galleries. The collection includes Tiffany glass, contemporary pieces, and my favorite, gooseneck vases.
Instead of pushing ourselves to complete the entire museum, hubby and I resolved to visit again. As we walked to our car, we enjoyed sculptures on the museum grounds. I’ll return on a Third Thursday, when live events are offered with a cash bar until 10 p.m. http://www.chrysler.org.