#FridayThoughts: Museum vibe and the mind-blowing work of Bisa Butler


After more than 18 months, I finally went back to the Art Institute yesterday. There I saw the Obama Portraits and exhibition of the work of Bisa Butler, a textile artist whose work is like nothing I’ve ever seen.

Using all fibers, she creates the most revealing portraits of people. What I couldn’t get over were the eyes of her subjects, as a alive as a photograph or a painting.

But all fabric.

Here is a thread about the visit; I still have many more pictures so another may still be to come.

But the most amazing thing about the trip was the general vibe. Everyone was so happy to be there. People were friendly and chatty in the exhibits, people were friendly and chatty in the gift shop.

As much as we’ve seen about people being awful, it’s like everyone decided to to make that tiniest bit of extra effort to be warm, to be kind. To enjoy talking to people they’ve never seen before.

With all the awful that has come out of the former guy and the rise of hate, no one talks about the other side effect: the strengthening of kinship among the rest of us who are not like that and reject that mentality completely.

And that’s it for me this week. Have a great Friday and a fantastic weekend.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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