The Grace Museum
There are some very playful and conceptually strong pieces of sculpture along North 1st ave in the historic downtown district of Abilene
, Texas. Some of my favorite pieces are the giant colorful chicken and the pigs soaring from the agonizing human figure!
I also suggest checking out the Grace Museum (once an historic hotel) which hosts a few gallery floors and a very fun children's museum on the third floor (I can say without shame that the children's section was tons of fun :P). When I visited months ago they had a fascinating exhibit of rare color photography of the American life during the depression era up to the time of WWII. The subject of the photos were everyday mundane life moments like kids playing playing on a hay stack or people walking to church.
Why are Flamingoes always pictured with sunglasses :P
it was the later photos that had a more patriotic propaganda to them, such as women building fighter planes and kids collecting scrap metals. I thought at first that the photos were digitally colored, but they are actual color photos from the 1930's using some experimental film and printing processes that produced some vibrant images. I don't know what the museum has on display now but for more information please visit:
A couple blocks away from the Grace Museum is the Contemporary Art Center.. CAC represents local regional artists and during my trip there a few months ago they had a small side gallery space dedicated to a programed aimed at introducing local high school youth to photography. Personally I found the student work to be more interesting then the work of the artist represented in the main gallery, but that has to more to do with my personal taste in art then the quality of concept or process.
I LOVE THIS CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!! its huge!!! its colorful!!! its awesome!!
There was also a provocative photo exhibit by a local artist in the back gallery and some interesting pieces hanging in a hallway type of space leading to the back gallery. The building has that aged musty smell that binds itself to old buildings, but is still very spacious and free to visit!! The assistant working the front desk was very helpful and willing to answer any questions regarding the artists on view. the Center is also a vital partner in promoting the arts in Abilene, Texas with events such as the art walk. There was no pamphlets containing information about the artist for visitors to take home, but you can check out the website they gave me: