January 7, 2007

In the red, rectangular shadows.

The MMoMA front desk

It's the front desk at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

The MMoMA front desk

The first picture contains not only my shadow but also what looks like an image of the Devil!

19 comments:

Scott Hamlet said...

Hello Ann

I'm sure you are familiar with the term "Pareidolia." You know, the hardwired human ability to see faces in french toast and what not.

Anonymous said...

That's a grim, humorless building. An abattoir for art. The knives are stuck, is all.

Ann Althouse said...

Sippi: Look at my whole photoset of the museum. It's actually a very playful and humorous place if you choose to look at it the right way. These particular photos have a point of view (that relates to the harsh light at a particular time of day and time of year).

sonicfrog said...

It's Beelzebot from Futurama!!! Could Matt Greoning sue the desk for copyright infringement???

hdhouse said...

which is the diva of the right?

David said...

Looks to me like it could be the wallpaper in the ACLU main office!

boston70 said...

Where is the Madison Museum of Comtemporary Art?
Is this new?
When I lived in Madison I only remember the Elvehem (I know I spelled this wrong) Art Museum-it was a great place to study.

vbspurs said...

Pareidolia

Good Lord! There's a word for it (of course, there is, silly Vic), like the stain supposed to be Our Lady, that appeared on little Elian's window, and in a nearby Totalbanc (couldn't see it meself).

In fact, we could blogjack this thread by offering a word many people might not know!

A friend of mine came back from the Ringling Bros circus recently, and found out she was still deathly scared of clowns.

Yep, she suffers from Coulrophobia.

P.S.: Ann, first the iPod reflection, now this. You're fast becoming the Hitchcock of bloggers. "Spot Ann" in her pics (hint, she doesn't have grey hair, so that's not her going up the down staircase. I think that was Meryl Streep in her Devil Wears Prada getup).

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

It's Beelzebot from Futurama!!!

LOL! Genius.

Could Matt Greoning sue the desk for copyright infringement???

Or how about Tim Burton for the Jack Skellington rip-off, on the other side?

Dave said...

An abbatoir for art?

Not that that's not purple prose or anything. Modernism is anything but abbatoir-like.

Ann Althouse said...

Boston: It's part of the Overture Center on State Street, a $200+ milion arts building complex. If you click on the photos, you'll see this is part of a big photoset.

Palladian said...

Not an abattoir, but a morgue.

Ron said...

Satan sez...buy the Klee placemats...

R2K said...

Eeevuuul!

hdhouse said...

Ohhhh money wasted on art. I'm surprised a republican would set foot in the place. I bet they play NRP in the washrooms...oh the humanity.

Robert said...

Ohhhh money wasted on art. I'm surprised a republican would set foot in the place.

Well, she was going to join the rest of us for an orphan bonfire and a few rounds of kitten football, but decided we were too "extreme".

Seriously, are you really so partisan that you think one political party is the only place where anyone interested in culture could possibly fit in? Or are you really just incredibly clueless?

Anonymous said...

Ann, you're very kind, but I never choose to look at anything in the right way. I just look at it.

One of the crowning achievements of persons that foist buildings like this on the public, and the public purse, is they named the style "modern," or some gobbletygook variant of it. So they just get to slide along the time continuum, always being "modern." It's about as modern as Weimar Germany.

I look at that building, and I see raw concrete like a missile silo, inartfully arranged HVAC ducts, sprinkler heads, a desk with a smear of red behind it that could be found in the most mundane and depressing office park. I see stairs whose sole attribute is to look disturbing to the user. That is not an attribute well suited to stairs. I see every surface and structural component that looks cold, and industrial, and uninviting. Visually disorienting is not the same as interesting.

It looks like a bad airport design from a second world backwater in the fifties.

But other than that, I adore it. If it brings you pleasure to go there, then it's not a total loss.

vbspurs said...

Seriously, are you really so partisan that you think one political party is the only place where anyone interested in culture could possibly fit in?

I love NPR. Remember me, Miss 35?

Cheers,
Victoria

Ann Althouse said...

Sippican: This building, which takes up an entire city block and has many parts, including 2 that preserve historical buildings, is not concrete but marble and was not built with public money but by a huge private donation (from a fortune made by the entrepreneur who thought up the American Girl dolls). Look at the whole photoset before passing judgment. I was trying to make that front desk look surrealistic.