Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Night with Stef!

Last week we were pumped that Stef was able to stop by to check out our new house in Norman on her way back home from White Deer.
While our dogs all played nicely with each other, we headed into the city to eat at The Cheesecake Factory and visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

First-let me just say that the food we had at The Cheesecake Factory was wonderful! It is rapidly becoming one of my favorite restaurants!
After our meal we headed to the museum to see the Fernando Botero collection that is currently on display there. They didn't allow photography, but I did these pictures so that you can get an idea.
We all had a blast!

Here is a little about Botero...

The Baroque World of Fernando Botero presents a selection of the best works from various stages in his development as an artist, with occasional “flashbacks” to the early works of the 1950s, when Botero devised images of children that resembled giant dolls with frightening expressions. In 1957, he painted Still Life with a Mandolin, enlarging the volume of the musical instrument in a manner that we now identify with Botero’s style. He continued in this vein, painting a figure of a young girl inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. This painting was acquired – against the current of abstract expressionism that was dominating the art world in the United States at the time – by Dorothy Miller, curator at the Museum of Modern Art for that collection. After her initial support of Botero, museum curators the world over soon followed suit, presenting Botero’s works in major solo exhibitions.

Also at the museum is the Dale Chihuly exhibit...I am not a huge fan of blown glass, but this was amazing.

Dale Chihuly: The Exhibition
Dale Chihuly's well-grounded academic and practical background includes a B.A. in interior design from the University of Washington, a M.S. in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and honorary doctorates from the University of Puget Sound and the Rhode Island School of Design. He was also awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant for work in glass and studied at Italy's prestigious Venini glass factory on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Chihuly's work is included in over 200 museum collections including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and he has received world renown for his extensive glass series, international projects, and large architectural installations such as the Museum's Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower, which is his tallest installation to date. Dale Chihuly: The Exhibition represents over three decades of Chihuly's finest work and heralds this brilliant luminist as the most important artist working in glass since Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Be sure to check out the rest of the museum at