I can't believe how behind I am on this blog...it's almost like my life has been really busy, except that it hasn't and I don't have any excuses.
My group staff went to the Nelson-Atkins Museum last Friday where we had lunch at Rozelle Court, toured the contemporary art exhibit, saw the new Bloch Building (which is gorgeous) and had a guided tour of a new exhibit (only showing in two cities) called "Art in the Age of Steam". It's about trains and the way they changed our world...kind of like the internet - everybody was suddenly connected. The exhibit had four galleries. The first focused on architecture and the conscious decision to design bridges and train tunnels to mimic classic architecture (so they would blend in). The second was about the social impact of trains and train stations - first class passengers interacting with third class passengers; families saying good-bye in public train stations, never to see their loved ones again). The third gallery was about the landscape and the way farms, mountain ranges, and cities began to change - trains connected cities but also split them in half. The fourth gallery was a mixture of photography, modern art and surrealism around trains and tunnels. A lot of abstract art and sexual references. The exhibit was really cool, but I wasn't allowed to take any pictures.
Here are the pictures I did take: