Over the holidays, Cliff and I visited the Menil Collection, a funky museum in Houston that houses art collected by John and Dominique de Menil.
I never thought about taking photographs in a museum before I started blogging.
Now the art inspires ideas for posts. I’m itching to pull out my camera and click away.
I tend to get in trouble at museums.
One evening at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, I slipped off my shoes while admiring Pissaro’s landscapes.
This was in my heels days, the 1970s, after long hours on my feet at work.
“Miss. You’re in an art museum. We don’t go barefoot here.”
Five years later, in the North Carolina Museum of Art, I fed my toddler daughter grapes to keep her from shrieking.
Shrieking so loudly those big old oil paintings might come a tumbling down.
The second the first grape went into her mouth, a guard rushed over. “Food is not allowed in the museum.”
Now that I am old and wise, I know better than to mess with museum guards.
“Do you permit photography?” I asked the guard at the Menil.
“Just thought I’d check. Thanks.”
But then I was struck by a masterpiece.
Black on white. Bold. Confident. Simple. True. Contemporary yet borrowing from elements of classical design.
I looked around.
No sign of the guard.
The power of art– that masterpiece got me thinking.
How many times have I entered a ladies room without paying any attention to the lettering on the door?
(Besides making sure it didn’t say “Men.”)
Let’s celebrate womanhood by admiring and photographing the doors we walk through on the way to the potty.
A Ladies Room Door art series!
I’m on the prowl for interesting doors.
Please help the project by sending me photos of doors you find especially artistic at home or on your travels. I’d love to post them! My email address is to the right. Thanks!