Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 2 in Kansas City: museums and baseball

I'd meant to get the rest of my pictures of Kansas City up here last week but it just never happened. You know how it is, recovering from vacations, transitioning back into your regular workaday drudgery. Anyway, I figured now is as good a time as any to start.

Friday we spent most of the day wandering around the neighborhood of Westport, with a few minor detours. We also went to a couple of pretty decent art museums, the Kemper and the Nelson-Atkins, both practically nextdoor to one another.

The Kemper is the smaller of the two, but it gets points for having this giant Louis Bourgeois sculpture out front. Unlike the one at Dia Beacon, though, you can't walk through it and under it and so forth (well, I guess you could, though there are signs threatening that the sculpture is monitored by security cameras).

The immense lawn of the Nelson-Atkins features sculptures of shuttlecocks, designed by Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen, which I like even more now that I've learned of their genesis: "They responded to the formality of the original neoclassical building and the green expanse of its lawn by imagining the Museum as a badminton net and the lawn as a playing field. The pair designed four birdies or shuttlecocks that were placed as though they had just landed on opposite sides of the net."

I also love that something I own (albeit in a different color) is on display in a museum. There were a few other iconic pieces of midcentury furniture design in the Nelson-Atkins--you almost want to just have a seat (probably frowned upon).

One of the museum's guestbooks--apparently a lot of people like unicorns.

Later that night we went to another baseball game, although it was rained out a little over halfway through. That is, there was a 2.5 hour rain delay, which we decided to leave about 30 minutes into, assuming the game would be called. They did end up finishing around 1 a.m. And we got soaked in the parking lot trying to find our car.

One of the things the stadium is known for is its fountains, which are turned on at various points throughout the evening.

1 comment:

  1. I love the shuttlecocks! What a cool idea. At first I thought the pic was of a shuttlecock really close in the frame (normal size) it took me a minute to figure it out. Great pics!