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Field Trip #2–BYU Art Museum

April 17, 2011

It just so happened that last week was field trip week.  We went on three different excursions.  The second one was to the Museum of Art at BYU, where once again we saw the Carl Bloch exhibit.  We went just before Christmas, then decided to study Bloch’s artwork for a few months and go again before the exhibit was gone.  It was wonderful and the boys seemed even more attentive than before as they were familiar with all of the big pieces that were there and quite a few of the smaller ones as well.  I wish we could keep studying his artwork, but we’re moving on to a new art appreciation project this week.  Every time we see a Bloch though, someone points it out.  We’re so much more aware of the art around us and it’s been a wonderful few months focusing on his work especially.

While we were at the museum, we also took time to see a new exhibit: At War!  The Changing Face of American War Illustration. It was quite the contrast to the Bloch exhibit, but we enjoyed it too.

I didn’t take any pictures inside the exhibit, but it was based around vintage war posters in the collection of Dr. Flammer, who was DH’s main mentor during his BYU years as a history major.  There were a few pieces from the U.S. Army and Navy collections as well.  It was fun to see some familiar images (like the one above) and it was interesting to see works by familiar American artists like N. C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and even Dr. Seuss.

There were also some monitors set up for viewing vintage cartoons from the war years.  E especially liked these, as he thinks a (computer) mouse is one of the coolest things ever.  He was very upset when I wouldn’t let him play with the mouse.

Everyone had a great time, and we ended the day with some time at the park and then a birthday dinner for Poppa.

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