Art Outings

Bisa Butler Portraits

This summer I went to The Art Institute of Chicago. I was mesmerized by Bisa Butler Portraits. They are powerful and delicate at the same time. You can admire them from the distance, with their bright colors and striking composition, and from very close, where you see the fabric layers, the different material and threads that she uses to paint.

Random Stuff I Liked

Heavy: An American Memoir A great book. I think I got the recommendation from The Audacity newsletter from Roxane Gay, that I also enjoy reading.

This song from The Jesus And Mary Chain with Hope Sandoval.

Hillbilly Elegy on Netflix.

Another book that opened my eyes to the nature around me and put me to sleep many many nights because it can be oh so boring and so good at the same time.

Life goals now that my 45 birthday is in a couple of months.

Art Outings

MAM: Americans in Spain

Another visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum, for an exhibition about Americans in Spain.

The kids think that all the women in the painting from the tobacco factory look like me. That painting was one of my favorites.

Here they look very interested but I think they were making fun of something. I have a Manila shawl similar to the one the second woman from the left is wearing.

This small watercolor reminded me of the south.

Same woman, two different paintings.

The painting of a bullfighter from Mary Cassat

I am planning to come back, without the kids.

And a picture of the museum.

Other random things I liked

A podcast: The creation of the first modern postal system.

A movie: The Trial of the Chicago 7.

A song: Wet Leg, Chaise Longue.

Making a postcard dear data style.

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MAM: Milwaukee Art Museum

When the museums reopened I bought a family membership for the Milwaukee Art Museum. It is only 20 minutes away by car and with the membership you can go as much as you want without having to spend hours to make the most of your ticket.

Only one floor is currently open. The café that overlooks the lake, the kids art studio and the shop are closed. You need to book your timed tickets in advance. But it doesn’t matter, it is still worth it. The building is as impressive as always, the collection has a bit of everything, and they keep on having exhibits, even if some were moved online.

We go for cake after the visit, that is my bribe for the kids. I think they would still come without the cake but I am the first one that likes cake.

Other random stuff I liked:

David Hockney interviews and videos.

Shashiko mending when my favorite pajamas broke.

The Simpathizer and Luster.

Negroni cocktail.

How Do I trust That I am Enough?

How To Speak Bad English?

Art Books Outings Recipes

Voma: An Online Art Museum for Everyone

Last week we visited A free, virtual, entirely online, art museum.

Screenshot from the museum entrance.

Inés (9 years old) liked the video from and the painting from Manet (Eduárd)

I liked the room with paintings from Abe Odedina and Manet, and the video from Gilbert & George.

The museum has a reading room where you can learn more about the artists.

We really enjoyed the visit and gave a small donation. I hope the museum will be a success. I am looking forward to see how it experiments with the changeable architecture and the possibilities of bringing together artists and artworks from different times and places.

You can hear Stuart Semple talking about the museum for the Kickstarter project:

Random things I liked last week

For a change from the many things not to like last week:

  • A book from Julia Alvarez, “En el tiempo de las mariposas“, a historical fiction during Trujillo dictatorship in República Dominicana. I loved the book. I found the first half very slow and a bit boring but then it all changes and I couldn’t put it down.
  • The movie Soul. We watched it with the kids and everyone liked it. The animations are beautiful, the music too and who doesn’t like New York?
  • Baking a Galette des Rois, from David Lebovitz recipe. It turned out pretty good. The kids didn’t like the orange zest because change but I did, and I am keeping the recipe.
Art Outings


And here we go again!

I am having breakfast while everyone else is still sleeping. Drinking tea instead of coffee because it is “Lucky Irish Breakfast” tea. A bit of luck to start 2021 seemed like a good thing to do.

I have a new planner, from designer Adam J. Kurtz. It is already messy inside with ideas and lists.

My cat “Rasputin” is going crazy around the house, running and jumping on things. Looks like he is excited for the New Year.

And on today’s agenda, we are going to visit