What is one to do with a child that MUST be walked three times daily on a raining cold day– make our first visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art! I had been wanting to do this for quite some time, but since he was so fussy and sick. I, one, did not want a child puking in the hall of the museum, or worse on some art piece. Two, did want to walk around with a screaming baby. You get sympathy from all the other Mom’s at Target when you tell them what is going on, not sure how that would go over as it echoed the halls of the VMFA.
Here is a photo before we left (it was close to nap time). He is front of Sol Lewitt’s Splotch # 22 sculpture. I love his face in this picture, he looks like a contemplative artist!
Kodi’s favorites from our visit: Chewing on the map. Starting out the window watching the rain. And all the Ladies that came over to him to tell him how cute he was.
Mama’s favorite: The Tristin Lowe installation Mocha Dick, based on one of my favorite books Moby Dick.
One thing I wish is that an art museum would have a children’s wing. It could be a place with bright colored images, mobiles, sculptures you can interact with and climb around/through, things to touch, and sounds to listen to. Although I love art, I do feel that art is too separate from out lives. And it seems even more so when you walk the halls with a little one and realize there is nothing for him to interact with. That the objects are meant to looked at with your eyes not your hands– which seems odd since art is created with your hands. I mean how cool would it be in the children’s wing. Another great idea for when I win the lottery!