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A Sunday afternoon meditation.
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Walking in to the Honolulu Museum of Art is a bit unusual in that one walks into courtyards in a tropical climate, heavy with humidity the day I visited, and feel transported to other worlds.
Bertram Goodhue, a New York architect, designed the plans for the galleries surrounded by courtyards; he took advantage of the outdoor light, and Hawaii’s climate. The architect used elements of Chinese and Mediterranean features, along with the pitched roof popular in Hawaii. The Chinese Courtyard is surrounded by the Asian art galleries, and the Mediterranean Courtyard is surrounded by the collection of European and American art. Paving stones made from Chinese granite slabs that were used as ballast in ships transporting Hawaiian sandalwood are used around the koi pond in the Chinese Courtyard. There are flagstones from Molokai, and Chinese green glazed tiles.
I’ve put a gallery together of different perspectives of the courtyards that I took those wonderful few hours that I was there.
Along Central Courtyard wall
It rained, the sun came out, and it rained again. No matter.
The lead photo is a sculpture entitled La Grande Penelope, dated 1912. The sculptor is Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929).
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Tagged travel, hawaii, art, sculpture, Architecture, museums, The Sunday Traveler, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, Bertram Goodhue
I don’t know what possessed me several weeks ago to hold up my smart phone to the view piece of a kaleidoscope we have had for years, face a door to the outside for light, and snap a photo. I could not keep the kaleidoscope steady with one hand, so could not keep it centered, thus the off-balance composition. But, for today’s challenge, the refraction amazes me now just as it did when I was a child.
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A blue-stoppered bottle of water placed on our table at the restaurant. Reflections on the bottle shine on the glass, and the blue stopper, hanging on the side, caught my eye.
Photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy and edited in PicMonkey.
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The art buddha seems to frequently coordinate my travel destinations with great art exhibits in the city I happen to be visiting. My latest trip to Oahu was no exception. The Honolulu Museum of Art is showcasing Art Deco Hawaii, the first major museum exhibition to present the Hawaiian view on the International Art Deco style; this was at its height in the islands from the 1920s to the 1940s. You cannot imagine my extreme happiness when I was told that photos were permissible without the use of a flash; no problem, the lighting in the rooms was perfect. I went mid-week and there were two other people there that hurried through, so in essence I had a private viewing. Heaven to linger over each work.
I’ve placed a small number of the photos I took in a gallery format, please click on any photo to enlarge.
Arman Manookian 1928
Eugene Savage 1940
Arman Manookian 1928
William Soare 1935
Edward Eggleston 1925-1930
Juliette May Fraser 1941
John Melville Kelly 1939
Eugene Savage 1940
Roy King 1939
Isamu Noguchi 1940
Fritz Abplanalp c1941
I will show you around the lovely museum courtyards in future posts, as well as a few more gallery photos.
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Tagged Arman Manookian, art, Art Deco, Edward Eggleston, Eugene Savage, Fritz Abplanalp, hawaii, Honolulu Museum of Art, Isamu Noguchi, John Melville Kelly, Juliette May Fraser, museums, photography, Roy King, The Sunday Traveler, William Soare
Here in Northern California, where a severe drought is going on, we can only dream about a winter like this one that we had several years ago. This was a trip up to Lake Tahoe during a dreamy snowstorm.
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The nature of things under the sky, and under the water Photos taken with a Samsung Galaxy Express in the Chinese Courtyard of the Honolulu Museum of Art. The weekly phoneography challenge is sponsored by Sally Donatello at Lens and Pens by Sally.