An arting is like an outing, only specifically for an artistic experience. We do artings around town, mostly at the VMFA and quarterly at the Crossroads Art Center open houses. What we did in July, was an artventure--something on a much larger scale. Artventures include major travel and hotel stays and are focused getaways with one specific exhibit in mind.
I started following the Tate Modern's Instagram last summer, which is where I first heard of the Rauschenberg retrospective, Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends. I have not yet planned an international artventure and knew our bank account wasn't up for it, but when I saw that the exhibit would show at the MOMA this summer, it was game on.
I collect museums...some folks go to historic sites, famous restaurants, or tourist traps. When I go somewhere else, I hit their art museum first. My love of Rauschenberg is an adoration many years in the making and every museum I visit has me checking the collection to see if they have any of his work. I get lost in his pieces and once sat for 20 minutes in front of Collection at the SF MOMA, so I knew that this artventure was going to require a full day and that is exactly what we did.
We arrived via train Friday evening and cabbed it down to the Whitney to see the Calder exhibit, plus, I had not yet collected the new Whitney. We had drinks and appetizers on the terrace with Lady Liberty in the background across the harbor, enjoyed the Calder activation, browsed the bookstore, and walked the Highline back towards Midtown. On Saturday morning, we arrived at the MOMA at opening. Church.
We spent five hours in the Rauschenberg exhibit, with breaks! I've never left and returned to an exhibit more--restroom, water, lunch--then back to it. We read every card, watched every video, and took all the time we needed. And while it was our intention to also take in the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit, in the end, our brains were full and our art hearts satisfied--we could not take anymore in.
Next scheduled Artventure: Brandywine Museum of Art, mid-September.