I'm still working on it - I don't plan to explain memories from every museum I've been to, just put in highlights, so the list here will probably shorten a lot - or not - once I finish it.
On the other hand, I haven't even thought about italy yet.
So this is a kind of bookmark post.
New York Metropolitan Museum
. I went berserk about the Manet Velasquez show, went back something like nine times in a few days to that set of rooms. For whatever reason, possible overexposure re a then recent show at the SFMOMA, when I explored the rest of the museum I skipped along past Monets and chased Rubens. I chased Delacroix. I chased Courbet - found a bunch of painters I'd never heard of interesting.
Hard to walk away from that building figuring I'd not be back.
Frick Museum, New York City
National Gallery of Art, Washington
[b/Hirshhorn Museum, Washington[/b]
Corcoran Gallery, Washington
Phillips Museum, Washington
Institute of Art, Chicago
Getty Museum of Art, Malibu, before recent renovation
LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
LA Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), Los Angeles
Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Liking the Phillips Collection at this museum in the late seventies is what made me check out the Phillips Museum in Washington in the later eighties. I also really liked the architecture of the SB Museum; it's been renovated since I've been there.
Newport Harbor Museum of Art (now Orange County Museum)
Irvine Museum, Costa Mesa
This was a comfortable carpeted exhibition space for early california painting from the collection of Joan Irvine - set at the top of an office building in the area near the John Wayne Airport.. I loved dropping in there. I understand the museum has moved, but not far.
SF Museum of Modern Art
Mobs in front of the Monets that had been leant for an exhibit. I liked the museum, and also liked the serene cafe across the street for a good lunch with a glass of wine at reasonable cost.
Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco
I forget most else about the work I saw but remember The Celtic Huntress painting by George De Forest Brush, and a favorite penguin sculpture, well the only penguin sculpture I think I've seen - from photos I took. The one of the Celtic Huntress is a favorite photo because it had a young woman up close to the painting staring fixedly...
Crocker Museum, Sacramento
A few of us went to a Wayne Thiebaud show there - relatively contemporary work in a great old building. I've met Thiebaud, but he doesn't know I knew it was him - long story.
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humboldt County
I showed a couple of my paintings there, so naturally it's a favorite museum, but I liked the place besides that. It was set in an old Carnegie Library that was rather beautiful; I thought the museum was nicely run with some interesting solo shows.