Friday, April 16, 2010

Three Times in Six Days?

A couple weeks ago I told you about the new art show opening at Smith College Art Museum called "A Room of their Own - The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections." I've been to the exhibit 3 times in the last week. I was even able to go to two of the lectures including the one on Friday night given by Frances Spalding, the biographer of Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Vanessa Bell. I dragged The Farmer and Julia to this talk which was very well attended. It was fun to be back in a college atmosphere learning about something I am interested in. I do wonder though how I ever sat still long enough to sit through those college lectures. I surely don't have enough patience to go back to school now. I'd much rather be on the teaching side of things, I think.

The show has a great collection of work including paintings, drawings, woodcut prints and more by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, and Dora Carrington. I was so over the moon to see much of the work because I got to see IN PERSON many of the paintings that I have swooned over in my art books. I can't urge you enough to go and see this exhibit. Besides the paintings, there are also many watercolors and plans for the fabric, embroidery, and pottery that the Omega Workshop made in the early 20th century and a couple of pieces of furniture. Fabulous. You must go! If you knit and like color, you will like this show! If you can't get there, enjoy the photos on Alen Macweeney's website. He was the photographer on one of the definitive books on Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's home Charleston.


Frances said...

That exhibit surely must be a grand one! I am another Bloomsbury fan, who's read most of the books, seen lots of the art and crafts in exhibits both over here in the States, and in the UK. Charleston Farmhouse is a marvelous place to visit, isn't it?

I once met Cressida Bell, and had a long, long conversation with her about silk screen printing, and only afterwards realized her family connections. It can be a small world.

Best wishes.

kathleen said...

I just got home from seeing the exhibit. Color, color everywhere. I agree, it is the perfect place for an inspirational knitting "workshop". Certainly in your palette. Have to watch 'Calendar Girls' to continue my English experience. Nice to meet you yesterday.

Martha said...

I would be right there with you! I love Frances Spalding's books. If you haven't seen Frances Partridge's A Bloomsbury album: Friends in Focus, try to find a copy of it. Wonderful photographs! And isn't that an interesting sketch by Vanessa of Virginia. Same chair as the famous one of Virginia knitting, except from a different angle.

Cozy Knitting said...

What a great experience! I went to the website you linked, and the photos are wonderful. I agree the colors are in your palette. It reminds me somewhat of photos you've shown of your own house. I like the way the doors are painted with the gymnast. I would have never thought to do that.