Thursday, July 06, 2017

Take a Trip with Me

At the beginning of June we went on a little trip. The dude hadn't been anywhere since December, and he needed a break. I planned a long weekend to Pittsburgh. I know it doesn't sound glamorous, but it was a great trip. I'm enamored with the city.

We visited a number of museums and the like: The Mattress Factory, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History (great dinosaurs!), The National Aviary*, and the Andy Warhol Museum. At the latter, I took two photos for you. I always take textile photos for you!

The first is a national costume worn by Andy's mother. You can tell someone's region by the costume, but I'm only expert enough to know that much and not which area she was from. (Although it probably said somewhere on one of those little cards.)

These pants were embroidered by Claes Oldenburg's then-wife on the occasion of Warhol's first exhibition. I love that she has "exhibition" written right where it counts. (In the cabinet she's only identified as "Patty," but her name was Patty Mucha). (In fact, she sewed a lot of Oldenburg's soft sculptures.) (Which means she did the grunt work. Trained as an artist and she did the grunt work. Sigh.)

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On our way out of town, we went to Fallingwater. I've wanted to go for forever. It was awesome, and now I want to go to other FLW buildings. (I'm up to three including Hollyhock House and the Guggenheim Museum.) I am, however, glad I did not have to deal with Frank Lloyd Wright as my architect.

* I did not know there was a national aviary (bird zoo**) in Pittsburgh. In many of the exhibits the birds are loose and flying around you or walking right up to you. It is awesome, you should go. 

** I'm sure you don't need the help, but I kept saying we went to an aviary and people gave me the puzzled look, so I started saying bird zoo.


Robin in Virginia said...

It sounds like a wonderful and relaxing adventure for you and the Dude. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Anonymous said...

Pittsburgh is a remarkable city. It's a Renaissance city full culture and diversity. I get so tired of people using it as the butt of their jokes. I'm glad you're enamored with the city and enjoyed your trip. :+}

Sandra in Texas (from Pittsburgh)

jhm said...

Pittsburgh is pretty cool. I lived in one of the suburbs for a couple of years before being transferred. Downtown would drive me batty with the one way streets and small signs. There have been several movies filmed there. There were two being filmed when EGA had their National seminar there a few hundred years ago. One was right outside of our classroom window. IT was fun to watch on breaks.

Another place is easy driving in Annapolis. Nice place to visit in the summer.


Pamela said...

I have also wanted to see Fallwater. I don't know if I will ever get to see it. I grew up in Illinois and was able to see several FLW houses there. I attended the EGA seminar in Pittsburgh, but didn't get out to see the museums.

Linda said...

Looks like a fun trip Nikki.


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Not a city I know anything about, but at least I don't need a translation for aviary! Do those people think Avian Flu comes from the country of Avia?

Love the Falling Water building.

Lee said...

Well OMG, you missed one major highlight of the trip...a visit with ME! I live very near Fallingwater. If you come back...perhaps to see Kentuck Knob?...drop me a line.

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing - I think of industry when I think of Pittsburg, so this was a wake up call. Falling Water is stunning.