S: Mick's Big Day Out. UVA Art Museum; Charlottesville, VA
FC: MIc's Big Day Out | Mick's Big Day Out University of Virginia Art Museum Charlottesville, VA
2: Well, the first thing I noticed was this atrocious sign. It's just like the People's Republick of Charlottesville to draw unnecessary attention to the class system... and in the name of art! UGH! *gasp* I drove my hooptie up to the parking lot to discover every single space taken, except this one. Apparently the director is off on Sundays.
4: Lucky for the UVA Art Museum, it was a gorgeous autumn day and athletic coeds in skimpy clothes were frolicking on the rugby field across the way. Otherwise, I would have crossed my fingers and hoped my hooptie might ascend the steep mountain to James Monroe's Ash Lawn. I was delighted to find the parking situation alleviated when I discovered a brand new parking garage. This garage wasn't here when I last lived in C'ville. So it's brand spankin' new within the last three years. This project was a brilliant idea on the behalf of some executive and I am willing to bet it was a member of the UVA development office. It is strategically placed by the museums and the performing arts buildings-- venues that bring in revenue to the University but have traditionally featured horrible parking options. So, thank you, director (even though you have your own space) for your part in rallying for new parking.
7: Well someone is doing her/his job! Way to go, Marketing team! These awnings are tasteful and informative. I now know what exhibitions I can expect to see should I chose to enter these hallowed portals. I'm not a genius, but I suspect someone had to adhere to a university-wide "style guide". These colours and fonts seem to coincide with some sort of brand at-large.
9: Well, hello delightful guest services representative! Thank you for letting me know where I can take pictures and where photographs are expressly foreboden! I will not take photographs of the special exhibits on floors 1, 2, & 3; but thank you for letting me know that the permanent collection is at my mercy. And to the lovely docent who kindly let me know about the free collection catalogue, bless you. You are volunteering to be inside when the cute rugby folks are outside. Again, bless you.
11: I am not a genius by any means. But if I didn't know any better, I might think this museum cares about its volunteers! Look at this delicious silver cup recognizing the work of diligent volunteers such as the gentleman who gave me the free exhibition catalogue. Perhaps the director of guest services consulted a member of the development team to ask where he/she might find a beautifully crafted item such as this, on which he/she might engrave the names of beloved volunteers. What a delight!
13: WELL SAME TO YOU, CURATOR! *composing myself* Or perhaps you and your conservators don't want my greasy paws all over these Jeffersonian works. I understand. I will respect your need to preserve these works while you graciously offer them for aesthetic consumption to your community. I mean, I don't want to get myself in trouble with security...
15: ...BECAUSE THEY ARE WATCHING ME !!! (I hope my hair's okay!) Hi fellas. Nice camera. Normally cameras sketch me out a bit, but it seems you want to take care of me. If anything hokey happens, there is a fire alarm and a sign which I assume will flash to show me the proper way to get the heck out of dodge! Thank you security professionals and by-contract-only risk managers!
17: Oh Hi, Big Brother! Something tells me you're not just shining light on these lovely art works. There are cameras up there, I know. I wasn't born yesterday. Thank you, though, for protecting the art!
19: Also, Security, thank you for working with the University's facilities team to make sure the elevator is up-to-date!
21: Just like a university to want to educate me. smh. Look at these texts! Don't you just want to snatch them up and put them on your coffee table!? Thank you, Education Department. You work and cooperation with the curatorial staff has assured that I will not leave this museum without some edifying texts to add to my home book collection.
23: Oh man! You education people are good! You caught me. I don't have any cash in my pocket and I can't buy from your bookstore. Why else would I go to a free museum? Thanks again for cooperating with your curatorial staff to create this nook where I can do a little research and exploration on your dime. Oh, and you noticed I'm lazy? (Man, you really are good!) I'll just take this free curatorial booklet and read about this stuff when I get home.
25: All this knowledge is wearing me out. I need some air! This statue is blocking my view of the rugby people, but I'm fine with it because some conservator has been extremely cognizant of removing graffiti and keeping an outdoor piece in spic & span condition. Its corresponding label has also been well-kept. The beautiful ivy, in accent, has been maintained by a terrific landscaper.
26: THIS IS EXHAUSTING! I'm famished! Some brilliant development person collaborated with the museum director as well as the directors of the School of Architecture, Department of Art/Art History, etc. to create a place for arts patrons to nibble. I'll have the overpriced reuben, please!
29: I wish I had a scotch to go with this overpriced sandwich! I should have attended whatever event the art museum hosted last night. This event tent is conveniently located between the art museum and the university president's house. I have a feeling it never needs to be taken down. Good work, university development team!