Friday, May 25, 2012

Frye Art Museum Courtyard

Frye Art Museum April 2011

Frye Art Museum Courtyard Garden May 2011

Frye Art Museum Courtyard Garden May 2011

Frye Art Museum Entrance May 2011

Frye Art Museum Reflecting Pool May 2011

I love the Frye.  The museum is always free.  The exhibits are interesting.  The permanent collection has many beautiful paintings of a type seldom seen in US museums: romantic, 19th century & mostly German.  The Fryes collected paintings from the Munich Secession.  

The museum's Mission Statement: The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free.

The architecture is modern & impressive, but not overwhelming.  I particularly like the tall cylinder that is the foyer.  It gives me feelings of awe & tranquility.  For me, the best part of the Frye is the courtyard garden, an amazing work of modern, living, landscape art.  The garden can be seen from inside & outside the museum, particularly well from the museum cafe.  The courtyard also has a small amount of cafe seating.

2 comments:

Michael B. Gordon said...

Jordan, Great mission statement. I also like the courtyard garden. Is there a story behind the sculpture?

Jordan Jackson said...

No story that I discovered. For the 1st several years I thought it was a remarkably spherical boulder.