Time to head west, young woman.
Day 28: Flights to Minneapolis are rather easy to buy in Cincinnati, so the first leg of this trip is to the western side of the Mid-West. The destination is the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to see Ladatte‘s scultpure along with Giovanni dal Sole and Tina Blondell interpretations of Judith. Also the newly acquired “View of Venice” – a rare mural-size map by Jacopo de’ Barbari published in 1500, and one of the most spectacular achievements of Renaissance printmaking. While in town, i should also bow to the headquarters of the retail shrine, Target.
Outside the museum in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is The Tent of Holofernes by Isamu Noguchi. although the garden is lovely, i doubt i would want to camp there.
Daily: 6 am to 12pm
Day 29: A mile high in Denver, I am in search of the Asian Art Department of the Denver Art Museum. Judith is Asian? yes when she is depicted by Morimura. His art makes me want to stop at Happa for some sushi.
Mon – closed; Tue-Thurs: 10 am – 5 pm; Fri: 10 am – 8 pm; Sat-Sun: 10 am – 5 pm
Day 30: On to the wilds of Missoula, MT. Wild as in University of Montana and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. Which is home to a Flemish Tapestry of Judith, along with two other Flemish Tapestries which are hard to come by these days. They have more than 9,999 other art treasures, but expect to be tempted by the Big Sky outside.
Mon – closed; Tues, Wed, Sat: noon – 3 pm; Thurs – Fri: noon – 6 pm
Day 31: Sing it Tony Bennett! I left my head … in San Francisco. Okay, so I changed the words. But I am headed to the Palace of the Legion of Honor, aka the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. My objective: Hans Cranach‘s Portrait of a Lady of the Saxon Court as Judith with the Head of Holofernes. The building itself is a work of art as well as the grounds and the views over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Mon – closed; Tues-Sun: 9:30 am – 5:15 pm
Time permitting, I might also stop by the Jen Maur Gallery and the Patricia Sweetow Gallery to see if they have any Judith‘s around.
Day 32: Over the Oakland Bridge to the Berkeley Art Museum on the UC Berkeley campus. One of my favorites – Giuseppe Cesari – is there, waiting for me to drop in and drop out (for all you old hippies). Just missed the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Italian Republic with Rome, Naples, Venice: Italian Masterworks from the BAM/PFA Collection, which highlighted works by Mannerist and Baroque artists – including Caravaggio and Il Cavaliere d’Arpino. Peace out, dude.
Mon-Tues – closed; Wed-Sun: 11 am – 5 pm.; Fri: 11 am – 9 pm
Day 33: I could drive down the coast – but to expedite my trip, I will take a plane from SF to LA. Because I’m on my way to the Getty Museum on search for a very old Schilling illumination and a very new Noguchi sculpture.
Mon – closed; Tues-Sun: 10am – 5:30 pm.; Sat: 10am – 9pm
Thank heavens they are open late to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see the porcelain Judith and Holofernes by Agostino Cornacchini. man, that girl is white.
Wed – closed; Mon-Tues, Thurs: 12 pm – 8 pm; Fri: 12 pm – 9 pm; Sat-Sun: 11 am- 8 pm
Day 34: If i stay in Hollywood, the Papillon Gallery is nearby (1639 S. La Cienega Blvd.) with a William Schwartz canvas of Judith – maybe, if it has not sold…
Another 8 miles to the Mooradian Gallery at 2621 Hyperion Avenue – home of pieces by Emil Kazaz and numerous other Armenian and Russian contemporary artists. Gotta call for an appointment.
Then drive another 8 miles to Pasadena and the Norton Simon Museum to see a Titian – even if it is that hussy Salome. Eh, she is sharing space with works by every European Master of the 14th to the 19th century so I am sure to find someone else to visit.
Tues – closed; Wed-Mon: noon – 6:00 pm; Fri: noon – 9 pm.
Day 35: One more stop on the eastward-bound trip. Oklahoma. Tulsa. Which requires another Big Old Jet Airliner. To the Philbrook Museum of Art where reclines Pignoni‘s Judith. But what a surprise: the Philbrook is one of only five museums in the United States with a unique combination of historical home, art collections and gardens. I could live here – if I were (A) absurdly wealthy or (B) a work of art.
Mon – closed; Tues-Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thurs noon – 8 pm.