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I drank vinegar...and I liked it

This weekend I had a little romp with friends in Milwaukee. It's not far from Madison but there's a LOT more people there and apparently all of them were out celebrating the last day of summer.

We started at a modern art exhibit, Van Gogh to Pollock, Modern Rebels at the Milwaukee Art Museum and it was so jam-packed you couldn't have jammed another person in there with a shoehorn.  This is really exciting to me. I did my very expensive Bachelor's and Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and found myself wondering lately how relevant fine art really is. Seeing this crowd in a blue collar city for an art exhibit rather than a football game makes me reconsider my perception of what the general public values.

We then had a dandy time tasting vinegars. If the thought gives you yucky-face, like it did me, I'm here to tell you OMG NO THEY'RE FAB. It was hard to pick just one. I went with the lemon white balsamic (with which I'm making a little chicken stir fry later) but the cranberry pear was also stunning.

Later on I was so moved by a relief print at a street fair I almost wrestled my friend for it. (May have been a little tipsy at that point.) Luckily they had two and we each got a copy. It's a portrait of Milwaukee's four beer barons, Pabst, Blatz, Miller and Schlitz, and instead of carving wood or linoleum, the artist used historic yellow Milwaukee brick.



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Sep. 21st, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
OOOH I think I would LOVE a vinegar tasting! Those combos sound AMAZING!!!

Your post reminds me of my art history class (which I LOVED) and of my latent desire to get at least a minor in art history *sigh* maybe some day. Art was big on our spring break tour through Italy our last year in Europe, even my 8 year old enjoyed the art. He STILL talks about it!!! (I have a whole story abt that, a recent one, I'll have to tell you some time...)

OMG Pabst.../o\ but I love the print!

Sep. 21st, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so impressed your eight-year-old was that moved by the art! Wow. Make sure you tell me the story next time we see each other!!
Sep. 21st, 2015 11:25 pm (UTC)
Well, short version is he still remembers seeing the Mona Lisa in person AND the David!! He LOVED the David. Thought it was AWESOME. He just couldn't wrap his brain around how much work would go into sculpting it... Probably one of his favorite pieces that we saw.

But yeah, there's more to the story bec his class is going to the National Museum of Art this year...
Sep. 22nd, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
I love the Milwaukee Art Museum and always try to get there when I'm in town in early June if there is a good exhibit. Last year I stayed an extra day just to get to the Kandinsky exhibit there - absolutely awesome! Well worth the extra money for one more night at the hotel.

I'm delighted that art is as popular in Milwaukee as exhibits here at the Minneapolis Institute of Art are. They have an exhibit on now concerning American Modernism that I want to get to.

- Erulisse (one L)
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