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Something That Ain’t Been There Before

hello. How wonderful it is to have my desktop back in the office! There shouldn’t be any weird formatting issues other than my penchant for grammaticos and misspellings whcih I work to avoid. But you all know me well enough that you can read Anitaese.


Today, Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Director and Chief Curator of The Aspen Art Museum, opened an informal walking tour of some of the interesting art exhibits that will remain in town as part of the community.  Alexandra Peers writes in the New York Observer  that:

 Few cities have the combination of manageable size and cultural ambition necessary to turn the whole town into a sculpture garden. This summer, that’s just what Aspen is attempting, as works from some notable contemporary artists are sprinkled throughout downtown as part of the Aspen Art Museum’s “Restless Empathy” show. It opens Thursday, May 20, and runs through the summer….

The works aren’t just sculptures plunked down in midtown; they’re intended to integrate with Aspen. So memorial benches by Lars Ramberg salute local Woody Creek legend Hunter S. Thompson. Quotes from the writer will add up to a larger text that “upends the sentimentality associated with memorializing,” according to the artist.
The exhibition aims to create “a space for the unexpected experience,” said museum director and chief curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson…
Indeed, it has the artistic stamp on the benches, which have, uncannily, the solidness of Hunter’s shooting table in our shooting range at Owl Farm — but with Hunter’s wisdom beautifully engraved in the wood.  Bravo Aspen Art Museum.
On another related note, while collecting a few videos at the library last night, I couldn’t help but check out some comfort "food", as it were. Shel Silverstein always brings me to a happy place whether I need it or not. Perhaps he does the same for you. If so, you’re probably in your mid thirties. They didn’t have Where the Sidewalk Ends, but yes, they did have A Light in The Attic. Ah, yes:
                         PUT SOMETHING IN

Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before

— Shel Silverstein.
Okay, thanks for checking in. Lots of love to you.
Your friend,
Anita Thompson




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