|Vibha Galhotra, Untitled (2011). [Source]|
Another day we saw two small shows at SECCA, the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, which we'd never been to in the ten years we've lived in this city, even though admission is free (blush). One exhibit was some incredible drawings by Frank Selby. I thought these were amazing. Despite his love of drawing, N. didn't engage much with these pieces. He didn't know the iconic photographs many of them were riffing on, and perhaps they were hung too high for him to examine closely. He was struck by one pair of drawings of a march in front of the Arc de Triomphe; in one the positive space was drawn in great detail, and in the other only the negative space under the Arc and above the marchers' heads was drawn. The second exhibit showed the sculptures and tapestries of Vibha Galhotra made of tiny metal bells (you should go look at the pictures from the exhibit at that link). N. loved these. He walked all around them and marveled at how they seemed to change as you got closer or further away. I think large-scale, sculptural art is often more accessible to kids than paintings hanging high on a wall.