Saturday, April 11, 2009

Kitchener - Warhol

Brief condo update: I found one at Broadview and Danforth I think I like. Hopefully will see it soon.

Anyway, I went to Kitchener for a day trip today. I was walking to work and someone had put up a poster for a Warhol exhibit in Kitchener on a lamppost and so I went. It was a great day for an excursion and something cool to do on a long weekend.

We arrived about 10 am and walked over to the museum:

I was kind of weary as it was a Children's Museum and I hate kids but luckily most of the people there didn't pay the extra $7 to get into the Warhol part of the museum.

There were no photos allowed but the exhibit was amazing, way better than I could have hoped for. It was divided into three sections, let's see if I can Google a few of the images.

The first section was Warhol originals with works copying him and inspired by him. Like for example they had the Campbell's soup print with this below.

I was stunned by this, I needed someone to come over and explain it. It's 600 spools of thread and when you look at it in the crystal ball you see the Campbell's soup can. How? When you look at it upside down, even from a distance, it still looks like thread. How did they do that? How would you even put it together? Amazing.
There was a quote on the wall that I really liked that I wish I'd written down. It said something about how whatever you think about Warhol, he changed the face of art.
The next section was photos of Warhol with the Velvet Underground which Joe really liked.
The next was myths. A series of images representing iconic myths in American culture, like Santa Claus, Superman, Mickey Mouse. Below is the Wicked Witch of the West.

Warhol actually got Margaret Hamilton to pose for the photo which is really cool.
In the gift shop and on the wall they had some drawings of cats and dogs. This was the best one:

But it was only available on a night light and I don't really need one of those. There was a quote by Warhol "I love animals. I once had 27 cats."
In the basement you got to silk screening which was cool as I didn't know how it was done. You put this chemical on the fabric that reacts with light and when you shine the image on the fabric, this chemical eats away at it, leaving small holes which allows the paint to seep through when you do the screening. I created this:

After the Wahol exhibit they had this socialist paradise exhibit, pictured below.

Photos of poor people, blah blah. I wanted to skip it and I'm surprised Joe agreed. One would think he'd be all into seeing poverty and misery.
At this point we were in the kids area proper and Joe was saying he felt weird as adults in the kids area without any children. My response "Who cares?" maybe wasn't that helpful but I like that I'm not afraid. We paid to get in like everyone else and I wanted to see the stuff. It's not like I know anyone in Kitchener and would be mortified if word got back to the other society members.
This pin wall was cool:

We played with that for like 10 minutes. I kept wanting to put my face in it, despite the big "NO FACES" sign but Joe wouldn't let me. It turns out they put that up so if your face is in it and some kid comes along and pushes the other side your eye doesn't get poked out. Like that's a big deal.
I also dressed up like the wicked witch in honour of the Warhol photo:

As we were leaving we noticed a bunch of kids starting to show up so we got there at the right time!
We walked to the nearby free Art Gallery and on the way passed this series of benches each full of magnets.

What's up with that? Is it the Kitchener magnet depot? Take a magnet leave a magnet? Dunno.
Inside no photos allowed again but I took this one:

I'm not sure who I was more worried about catching me, Joe or the security guards. The exhibit was all works of art by kids in school, kindergarten to grade 13. This was a mosaic of different photos taken individually that when put together look like a church.
We then went for lunch and walked the main street window shopping. Found a cool farmer's market and some good German pastry. Turns out the town was called Berlin and then they changed it during the war.
Finally just before we got on the bus, we found this cool clock monument and took a few photos. Here's Joe:

And me.

A really good day!

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