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College and the Arts 2015 Reprise

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It’s really nice to be home after ten days on the road, but the College and the Arts trip with Eli was fantastic. Here are some highlights and pointers from the trip.

Laguna and Los Angeles
school: UC Irvine
hotels: 14 West and Palomar Los Angeles
arts: LACMA
highlight: visiting Bob and Espie in Topanga
special thanks to: Louise Schlegel and Carter Jones

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Santa Cruz
school: UC Santa Cruz
hotel: The Paradox
arts: Driving up the California coast on CA-1
highlight: getting sunburned on CA-1
we missed: Brian Chess (who got sick)

Sequoia Trees at UC Santa Cruz

Sequoia Trees at UC Santa Cruz

San Francisco
school: UC Berkeley (Cal)
hotel: Palomar San Francisco
arts: The Elias String Quartet
highlight: the berkeley tour with Jonathan
special thanks to: Jacob and Jonathan

The Elias Quartet

The Elias Quartet

Fossils and Bells at Berkeley

Fossils and Bells at Berkeley

Colorado
school: Colorado College (Eli’s favorite by far)
hotel: Garden of the Gods
arts: um, well, grappa?!
highlight: hanging out with Pier and Debra
special thanks to: Pier and Debra for the hospitality

Now THIS is art.

Now THIS is art.

Colorado College and Pike's Peak

Colorado College and Pike’s Peak

Maine
schools: Bates and Colby
hotel: Maple Hill Farm Inn
arts: Colby College Art Museum
highlight: who knew there could be snow in April?!

View from Maple Hill Farm Inn

View from Maple Hill Farm Inn

The World

The World

North Carolina
schools: Duke and UNC
hotel: the umstead
arts: North Carolina Museum of Art
highlight: Our docent Francesca’s incredible tour

UNC: Football stadium or prison?  Hmm.

UNC: Football stadium or prison? Hmm.

Francesca

Francesca

College and the Arts: North Carolina Museum of the Art

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NCMA has a fantastic collection, particularly if you get a tour thought out carefully in advance by a serious curator. Thanks Francesca for producing the apex of our college and the arts tour.

NCMA Spring blue

NCMA Spring blue

Francesca

Francesca

The tour started with early artifacts from Egypt, Rome, and the Renaissance, through the lens of human cognition, psychology, medicine, and psychosis. The arts are a necessary salve for the human condition.

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Each picture has a story

Each picture has a story

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Look closely, the moon is waxing.

Look closely, the moon is waxing.

Beware: your head may explode, smolder, or otherwise smoke

Beware: your head may explode, smolder, or otherwise smoke

Fingers out of control

Fingers out of control

hilarious

hilarious

eerie

eerie

The Blue Dancer is somewhat of a nexus. Ahead of its time and forgotten. Also see this book.

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Oh no!

Oh no!

Eli will save you. Eli will possibly save us all.

Eli will save you. Eli will possibly save us all.

In the end, it is all information in space and time. Without negative space, there is nothing. More than this, there is nothing.

College and the Arts: Colby College Art Museum

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Colby College is pretty much set up for college and the arts. The largest art museum in Maine (with a very nice collection) is located right on campus.

It is not yet Spring (in April) at Colby College

It is not yet Spring (in April) at Colby College

Colby College Art Museum

Colby College Art Museum

College and the Arts Perfection

College and the Arts Perfection

Even the lobby has art

Even the lobby has art

This is not Kandinsky. Painted at the same time tho.

This is not Kandinsky. Painted at the same time tho.

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Look at the detail

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Eli mimics art

Eli mimics art

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Just go see it.

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College and the Arts: Boulder Colorado “Art”

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My cousin Pier was supposed to be in charge of art while we were in Colorado.

Sure, I can do art!

Sure, I can do art!

We did have a delightful dinner on Pearl Street in Boulder. And even some gelato. But we had to make our own art, because Pier thought we wanted to purchase a doodad or craft??! Crazy Italians.

Pearl Street, Boulder

Pearl Street, Boulder

Pearl Street Spring, Boulder

Pearl Street Spring, Boulder

Wait! We found some!!

This is it?!

This is it?!

No, I guess we will have to make our own.

An incredible animated gif created by Gary McGraw

An incredible animated gif created by Gary McGraw

Well, there is always grappa.

Now THIS is art.

Now THIS is art.

The living and the dead. Grappa supply depletion.

The living and the dead. Grappa supply depletion.

College and the Arts: Elias String Quartet

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Monday night in college and the arts land it was Beethoven. We went to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco to hear the Elias String Quartet play three Beethoven Quartets. For more on what this fantastic quartet is doing, also see the beethoven project.

Jacob, Jonathan, and Eli enter a church

Jacob, Jonathan, and Eli enter a church

St Mark's Lutheran Church

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

The Elias Quartet

The Elias Quartet

The music was sublime and moving. Wow. Listen.

Sara Bitlloch, violin
Donald Grant, violin
Martin Saving, viola
Marie Bitlloch, cello

From Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, Opus 95 “Serioso” (3rd movement)

Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135
Allegretto
Vivace
Assai lento, contante e traquillo
Grave, ma non toppo tratto; Allegro

Beethoven String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Opus 131

College and the Arts: CA Route 1

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Today, nature was our art. We drove from downtown Los Angeles up 101 to San Luis Obispo, had some fantastic pizza, and then hit CA Route 1 to Santa Cruz. Mesmerizing. Gorgeous.

Good thing we bought sunblock early on! We got fried anyway.

Your host, the ulluh

Your host, the ulluh

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Your driver, the gem

Your driver, the gem

College and the Arts: LACMA

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College tours are boring. Art is not. So to make a great trip out of looking at a bunch of colleges, what you do is add art every day.

On #collegeandthearts tour with #2, we’ll document the arts part here.

Not in Kansas

Not in Kansas

Stop one was UC Irvine, which being near LA means a visit to the LACMA right in the middle of town. LACMA hack of the year: bring a minor under 18 and get in free.

We spent our cash on a refresher at the Stark bar instead.

12 mile limit at Stark Bar LACMA

12 mile limit at Stark Bar LACMA

Eli and Kandinsky

Eli and Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Who knew that lumber could dance?

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One view of LA from the LACMA

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Feeling inspired, we headed to Topanga for dinner.