Today the girls and I went to see the fabulous new installation in the modern art gallery of the Speed Museum. Ebony G. Patterson …while the dew is still on the roses is this gorgeous, glittering experience that was created just for this space in the Speed. It features Patterson’s beautiful textile artwork in an immersive, multi-room garden setting, with gorgeous, textural pieces mounted to walls hung with floral wallpaper.
We went on a whim; I knew the exhibit opened last night but I was unable to go to the Patrons Circle opening (now I so wish I could have). We were taking a break from the pool today because I got highlights yesterday and in order to keep the integrity of the blonde color I need to avoid getting it wet just yet. So we decided to check out this new exhibition, and little did we know that we would arrive in the gallery just as the artist herself was giving a lecture about the installation to the museum docents! It was such a treat to hear about the art from Patterson’s own perspective.
The exhibit is beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and explore it more in-depth, without children. A lot of it reminded me of Klimt. We did a quick tour through the galleries with me clinging tightly to their little hands most of the time, because this art is so textural that you just want to touch it. And it’s everywhere—blossoms sprouting from the walls, crocheted petals and platform shoes scattered on the floor, huge floral arrangements rising from the gallery floors and hanging from the ceilings. It’s more than an exhibit; it’s an experience. And it’s just so visually lush and beautiful. I want to live there.
My daughter Eloise is a budding textile artist herself. She never wants to go to museums to look at art because she’d rather be creating it. I tell Eloise that it’s important for artists to understand the history of art and to learn from and be inspired by other artists, both historic and contemporary. Eloise was reluctant to go at first, but once she saw what it was going to be, she loved it and was so inspired by it.
After making our way through the galleries, we went down to Art Sparks, where young artists are encouraged to make their own flowers and butterflies and contribute to a “community garden.” We all had fun making art after being inspired by Patterson’s wonderful installation.