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Witness and prophet: day five.


As the idea of a museum slowly took shape, I dreamed of preserving some of the intimacy I had enjoyed with the works of art: we would rotate portions of the collection in generous and attractive space . . . The public would never know museum fatigue and would have the rare joy of sitting in front of a painting and contemplating it.
Dominique de Menil

Let’s keep talking modernism.

The Menil Collection is the best place. The museum’s brochure notes that “as modernists, the de Menils recognized the profound formal and spiritual connections between contemporary works of art and the arts of ancient and indigenous cultures.” They do: the collection is such a good mix, and so easy to browse.

Thanks to some Jasper Johns; some Mark Rothoko; the insane Untitled (Structures) film installation — sixteen minutes of barely-moving images projected on adjoining walls –; and all kinds of ancient, religious, and indigenous art, I have much in my mind today.

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