Thursday, January 7, 2010

SAM - Seattle Art Museum, Alexander Calder and Free First Thursday...

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is one of those things that is great about living in the city, but as a mom of active boys I've shied away.



Today, I guess I was feeling brave, the formula seemed right. Free Admission (every first Thursday) + Alexander Calder Exhibit + half-day Kindergarten + needing a little something different.



I thought the hammering man missing his arm was a sign we would fit in well today, then we found street parking within a block! It was a New Year's miracle.



The trip was a big success. After an initial meltdown reaction to the "Please do not touch" signs everywhere, C settled in to a sulk temporarily until he couldn't help but appreciate some things around him.

Floating shapes and colours balancing, the Calder exhibit also has a kids activity guide with assignments for each gallery room like, "How many footsteps does it take to walk around this sculpture?"



Somehow balance becomes beautiful.



E thought everything he saw was "amazing" and "beautiful." From spiky armour to the Calder circus film.
This is a "Living Room" It had a great view for me to day-dream, where the boys could "create" with blocks behind me.This was E's favourite installation with real cars, right at the ticket entrance.
In the end C agreed he liked it, with reluctance, and the cavet, "It wasn't fun, but it was interesting."

E - "I love art museums Mom. That's beause I'm an artist too." Maybe we try another museum next 1st Thursday.

8 comments:

Joanna said...

That looks like an interesting place all right! The cars look like they are in spider webs or something - no wonder E liked them :)

ade said...

I love Seattle - so many fun things to do and learn. You can tell the boys enjoyed it by those sparkles in their eyes'.
Hey, how do I post more then 4 pictures at a time? Toss me a bone:)
Love ya,
Adrianne

Tracy said...

Wyatt loves the modern art sculptures. He talks of the toilet with the ceramic poop and cracks himself up. Also the dogtag sculpture is a favorite...Fun times at SAM!
Bellevue Arts Museum has free first Fridays 11-8. Let us know if you'd like to meet there sometime!!

Natalie said...

You're such a good mama! Looks like a great day that was fun AND interesting!

Keith, Becky, Kennedy and Kassidy said...

I love reading your posts. You're such a great mom. Your creativity inspires me.

aubrey said...

oh we LOVE SAM. we have a membership to the museum and love the family days they put on once a month. we need to get there to see that exhibit..ava and max would love it!

Traci said...

Seattle is SO artsy! I am glad we have some options here in Bozeman. There is a museum here I want to check out!

j. vorwaller said...

that is so sweet - of course he is an artist! we all are at heart, especially children. :) we're sorry we didn't make it that day - our little E had a cold, shots and two new teeth all in one week, poor guy! he's doing much better now.