If I died tomorrow would you be upset?
or would you be the one coming to get me
I’ve fallen by the wayside
of an ever changing world
so tell me it’s alright

Maybe I was dreaming, maybe I was wrong
or maybe I was right
coz all you can imagine, just as it appears
is already gone

— Band of Skulls - “Nightmares” from the new album Himalayan
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC: DaVinci - Ginevra de Benci , Picasso - Family of Saltimbanques, Edgar Degas - Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec - Dancing the Bolero in Chilperic, Vincent Van Gogh - Roses, Edgar Degas - Woman Viewed from Behind (Visit to a Museum), John Singer Sargent - Repose

These paintings (and sculpture) are in the West building of the NGA. The DaVinci is two sided and is the only DaVinci painting in North America. The Picasso was the centerpiece of a wall of Picasso, from his early Blue and Rose periods. The Degas sculpture is a favorite of mine. A Degas retrospective centered on this sculpture was a visiting exhibition at San Diego’s Museum of Art a few years ago. I was happy to see this one again. The Van Gogh was installed next to his self-portrait. The Degas painting was so meta in my head - taking a picture of a painting of someone viewing paintings in a gallery. HUH? Blows your mind. And lastly, the Singer Sargent. I love the way he paints texture of fabrics. Standing in front of it, the dress leaps off the canvas.

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC: DaVinci - Ginevra de Benci , Picasso - Family of Saltimbanques, Edgar Degas - Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec - Dancing the Bolero in Chilperic, Vincent Van Gogh - Roses, Edgar Degas - Woman Viewed from Behind (Visit to a Museum), John Singer Sargent - Repose

These paintings (and sculpture) are in the West building of the NGA. The DaVinci is two sided and is the only DaVinci painting in North America. The Picasso was the centerpiece of a wall of Picasso, from his early Blue and Rose periods. The Degas sculpture is a favorite of mine. A Degas retrospective centered on this sculpture was a visiting exhibition at San Diego’s Museum of Art a few years ago. I was happy to see this one again. The Van Gogh was installed next to his self-portrait. The Degas painting was so meta in my head - taking a picture of a painting of someone viewing paintings in a gallery. HUH? Blows your mind. And lastly, the Singer Sargent. I love the way he paints texture of fabrics. Standing in front of it, the dress leaps off the canvas.

Museo Soumaya, Nuevo Polanco, DF Mexico: Rodin, Dali, Rodin, Tamayo (x2), Sisquieros,  Degas, Rivera

If you’re ever in Mexico City, take the time to go to the Soumaya to check out the amazing building and art within. Mexican art and artists are well represented but the collection also has a full floor of sculpture (mostly Rodin) which includes the whimsical Dali pictured above. It’s interesting to see the context of what Mexican artist were creating at the same time as their European counterparts and the similarities and differences in the works.

Museo Soumaya, Nuevo Polanco, DF Mexico: Rodin, Dali, Rodin, Tamayo (x2), Sisquieros, Degas, Rivera

If you’re ever in Mexico City, take the time to go to the Soumaya to check out the amazing building and art within. Mexican art and artists are well represented but the collection also has a full floor of sculpture (mostly Rodin) which includes the whimsical Dali pictured above. It’s interesting to see the context of what Mexican artist were creating at the same time as their European counterparts and the similarities and differences in the works.

Museo Soumaya,  Nuevo Polanco,  DF Mexico

Architect: Fernando Romero

Museo Soumaya, Nuevo Polanco, DF Mexico

Architect: Fernando Romero

Nine Inch Nails at Vive Latino

My first NIN show of the year! And I went to another country to see them. Extra effort points for me! Set list first and then some thoughts.

Nine Inch Nails
Vive Latino 27 de Marzo
Foro Sol, DF Mexico

A Warm Place
Somewhat Damaged
Letting You
Terrible Lie
Survivalism
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Sanctified
Disappointed
All Time Low
Burn
Me, I’m Not
Great Destroyer
Gave Up
Hand Covers Bruise
Beside You In Time
Copy of A
Wish
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole
Hurt

I pretty much have tried to stay spoiler free before this show so I had no idea what the set list would be like. Stripping down to a four piece after the full blown awesomeness of the Tension tour was definitely a change but I really like this configuration of the band. After the atmospheric opening, it was just balls out rock that really got the crowd pumped. When they started in on the funky version of “Sanctified”, I was really excited. This sounded great with just TR, AC, RF and IR. And this was the start of a small set where Ilan comes out from behind his drums and plays guitar. The live version of “All Time Low” with the “Closer” tease is soooooo good. I was also happy to get “Beside You In Time”. Pretty much a flawless festival set. Glad to have been there for it.

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Centro Historico,  DF Mexico:

I was not prepared for how stunning this building is or for the art contained within it. I wasn’t sure where to even start when I got there but I just happened upon the mini lecture they give about the building and the Tiffany glass curtain in the theatre.  So I sat in awe of this amazing stained glass piece and listened to the guide (in Spanish even!)

The other stained glass you see in the  college is from the ceiling of the theatre.  You can’t see from the photo but there are muses surrounding the central figure.  

No photos of the murals but they were also amazing. I’m feeling pretty art blissed out right about now.

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Centro Historico, DF Mexico:

I was not prepared for how stunning this building is or for the art contained within it. I wasn’t sure where to even start when I got there but I just happened upon the mini lecture they give about the building and the Tiffany glass curtain in the theatre. So I sat in awe of this amazing stained glass piece and listened to the guide (in Spanish even!)

The other stained glass you see in the college is from the ceiling of the theatre. You can’t see from the photo but there are muses surrounding the central figure.

No photos of the murals but they were also amazing. I’m feeling pretty art blissed out right about now.

Museo Frida Kahlo, Coyocan,  DF Mexico:

I spent time at Casa Azul today. It was really a different kind of museum experience as this was Frida Kahlo’s home.  You have to pay extra to take photos abd I didn’t bring a deal camera so no visuals but you’ll just have to trust that it was amazing. 

So there were installations of her art but you also saw how the house looked while she lived there and her personal effects. Not to mention her death mask and her remains in an urn.

There was also a special exhibit of her clothing, including her corsets, jewelry and even her prosthetic leg.

Museo Frida Kahlo, Coyocan, DF Mexico:

I spent time at Casa Azul today. It was really a different kind of museum experience as this was Frida Kahlo’s home. You have to pay extra to take photos abd I didn’t bring a deal camera so no visuals but you’ll just have to trust that it was amazing.

So there were installations of her art but you also saw how the house looked while she lived there and her personal effects. Not to mention her death mask and her remains in an urn.

There was also a special exhibit of her clothing, including her corsets, jewelry and even her prosthetic leg.

This new @TheFaint track is gonna be wild live! Can’t wait for the dance party at the OC Observatory in June.

Finally listening to this. Really excited to hear the rest of Brody’s new album and to see her live!

these lego album covers are the best thing on tumblr right now!

legoalbums:

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
these lego album covers are the best thing on tumblr right now!

legoalbums:

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral