Category Archives: Museum

Ep. 102: Going Slow at The Barnes Foundation

One of the unexpected benefits of this little adventure into podcasting has been happening since I have started chronicling my artist dates. Being a bit of a planner, it’s been interesting to see how many cool things there are to do in just a couple of hours and that was definitely the case with this episode.

I’m no stranger to Philadelphia’sย The Barnes Foundation, but I was a stranger to Slow Art Day, which as it turns out, is a real thing. It seems we now have a “day” for everything: National Chocolate Cake Day (January 27), National Postage Stamp Day (July 1), even the appropriately-time National Doorbell Day (October 31).

But Slow Art Day was new to me. According to the Slow Art Day website, their mission is simple: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. The rules are also simple: sing up at a local museum or gallery, attend and look at four pieces of art slowly, discuss your experience with the host.

Turns out, going slow has some real advantages, when looking at art, and when doing other things too. The Barnes Foundation has a wonderful collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Modernist artworks. A trick to making the most of its many rooms and numerous sights to see: go slow…

Scroll down below the photos for the full episode.

From the top left to right, the four works viewed during International Slow Art Day: Edouard Manet’s Laundry, Jules Pascin’s Cuban Hospitality, Henri Rousseau’s Scouts Attacked by a Tiger and Henri Matisse’s Dishes and Melon.ย  Details of each of the four paintings, and a portrait of Dr. Albert C. Barnes by Giorgio de Chirico. All paintings are oil on canvas.

Read the ARTnews article about the beginning of International Slow Art Day.

A transcript of Episode 102: Going Slow at The Barnes Foundationย can be downloaded here.

 

Ep. 101: Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Hi everyone, and thanks for stopping by. This marks the very first episode of The Enchant Me Podcast and I’m super excited to be here and to get started.

Before I dive into the premiere, I want to mention that you can read all about how the
podcast came to be here. In a nutshell, each week I’ll be going on a different excursion that is meant to keep the creative juices flowing and to help me live a more creative life.

The first episode takes us back to post-Edwardian England as my mom and I visited a live exhibition of the beloved PBS show, Downton Abbey. We day-tripped to New York City to experience theย Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which is running through September, 2018.

Part museum, part memory lane, and all dramatic enjoyment, the exhibit showcased many
aspects of the show including sets, costumes and behind-the-scenes info and trivia that is sure to delight the many, many fans the show collected over its six year run.

So take a listen to get the full scoop, and below are some photos that I took to accompany the episode. The full episode is right below the photos.

From the top left, clockwise order: the kitchen, the bell board, the formal dining table, Lady Mary’s evening dress, Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson’s wedding dress and suit, a selection of dresses including one of the wedding gowns, and Lord Grantham and Henry Talbot’s formal wear.

A transcript of Episode 101: Downton Abbey: The Exhibition can be downloaded here.

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Enchanted by PunkCatMusic

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