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Macy's parade

I watched the parade after dinner (via Tivo) - better when you can fast forward through it...when you really just want to see the floats and balloons.

Highlights for me:

1) the Balloons: Buzz Lightyear, Kermit the Frog, Pikachu, Ronald McDonald (I know it's a shill, but it was humongous and on the plus side they did mention the Ronald McDonald House charity which is a great cause), the Smurf, Snoopy, Pikachu, Spongebob and Shrek

2) the performances: the Awesome Original Second Time Arounders were fantastic and better than some of the "celebrity guests". I also want to give props to the Special Needs Colorguard for showing their spirit! But as far as the "celebrities" go, I'll admit that the only one I watched in through their WHOLE song was Miley Cyrus. Cute song. I also very much enjoyed the cast of Hair (again the only cast I watched the WHOLE song of). I did think it strange when the Sesame Street characters were singing a song by the "Kids From Fame" and I already knew about the "Rick roll", so that wasn't anything great (though I'm sure that if I'd watched it live, I would have thought it adorable).

Lowlights for me:

1) the Balloons: Beethoven (the dog, not the composer - do kids even know who this was besides it being a dog?), the Energizer Bunny (yes, still a shill, but I'm unhappy with this one for not floating), and Dora the Explorer (annoying as hell cartoon character!)

2) floats: the Hirajaku Girls and the Princess Academy thing...

3) the performances: Who the hell are Charise, the Clique Girlz, Push Play? There was another boy band that performed whose names aren't even listed on the Macy's website...I've only been gone from the FYE for three months...I've NEVER heard of these people. NEVER did I make labels, shelve or sell any of these people to the best of my knowledge! Meanwhile...I nearly fell out of my chair when Andy Williams "sang", 'cause I didn't even know he was still ALIVE! The casts of Little Mermaid, South Pacific and especially White Christmas were WAY too saccharine for me (though it was nice that they featured bare hairy chested men singing for South Pacific). I didn't even BOTHER watching "in the heights" and was disappointed that though we had a Shrek balloon, there was no performance from that show! I even fast-forwarded through both Elphaba and Galinda...Idina's "new" album she was shilling came out WAY back in January and was a snooze-fest and I just wasn't feeling the Christmas song that Kristin_Chenoweth was singing (maybe because of the added treacle of the care bears being on her float). David Archuleta looked like he needed a tissue and a lozenge...luckily he was lip-synching!


Nov. 28th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)

Meanwhile, there was one piece that we saw in Chicago that absolutely sent me over the moon because it was so wonderful...it was a "sculpture" piece made from found art...

It was called "transubstantiation" and looked to basically be just a big pile of candy on the floor (hard candies like butterscotch and peppermints). Basically, the artist dedicated it to a friend of his who had passed from AIDS and the candy weighed the same as his friend did (or at least was his friend's "ideal weight"). You were encouraged to take the candies and allow that person's spirit to live on (as if you were taking holy communion). Apparently, the candy is weighed periodically and replenished by the museum with private donors paying for the candy budget. Yes, it was very simple, but very moving to me. I can't explain it.

It's always been a love/hate relationsip with me and modern art...part of it for me needs to be creativity, part of it needs to be that it took some kind of work or thought. Yes, the candy thing doesn't take much work, but it certainly took some thought. There was one amazing piece I saw in, I think, Toronto, where it was a giant map covered with pins connected by thread and there were so many colors that it ended up almost looking like a 3D Jackson Pollack - even if I didn't particularly care for the look of it, I certainly appreciated that it took a LOT of work to create it. I just don't see that same effort put into Haring's work.
Nov. 28th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Oh I can totally agree about some of it being stupid and just almost seeming like a farce. I don't like ALL Modern Art but I think some of the artists don't really want all people to get it or like it. I don't get paintings like you said where there is just a line on a canvas. Those paintings remind me of stuff I see them make on HGTV in 5 minutes.

I do see it as almost the artist getting one over on people. But then I see stuff like "Dirty White Trash" and it excites me at the play on the subject with the politics.

I am not a big fan of some of the art but certain artists like Haring and Warhol and Basquait and Yoko Ono and the whole Dada movement (which started it) really grabs me. Pop Art and Graffiti art is exciting to me.

I'd say that some would argue that Warhol wanted people to roll their eyes at some of his artwork. He was playful and was making fun of the whole pop art movement after a while because he had a hard time being taken seriously and a lot of his pop art/modern art heroes rejected him harshly when he first moved to NYC.

So art isn't always meant to be pleasing to a lot of Modern Artists. It's also meant to sometimes get a violently angry reaction or even one of being dismissive towards it. That is part of what they sometimes want to convey which I find pretty interesting that someone would open themselves up to someone criticizing their work on purpose.

I think Haring most likely would have evolved and moved on to other figures but he did DIE so he really didn't have a chance to go there. He wasn't really "famous" for that long and died before he had a chance to move into anything else. Look at many artists start of doing the same things over and over and eventually evolve. Banksy started off doing things the same but eventually found a voice.

Haring is just one of those times that Graffiti met the Art World so I think that's where the feeling of him doing the same thing over and over. And Graffiti artists tags are WHO THEY ARE in their world so I see his figures as that more than anything. Like his "tag" or "signature".

I do think that nostalgia has a lot to do with people like Haring and Cobain and even Warhol being famous too. But, I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. People are nostalgic about Disco and Bad 80s pop in the same way. LOL I know I am.

The candy exhibit sounds amazing. I can see why it moved you.

I had that feeling about seeing Yoko Ono's Wish Tree where you tie a wish to the tree and leave it in hopes of it coming true. It really moved me seeing hundreds of strangers dreams hanging off the tree with bits of paper. Like little hopes and dreams fluttering on the branches. Then she had another where it was a scale...and on one side was a portrait of a family with kids and the other a gun and the gun outweighed the family. It really hit me in the gut.

Edited at 2008-11-28 05:51 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
That Dirty White Trash one is awesome...it so multi-layered. Can you imagine how LONG that one took to put together? I mean, even if you have the idea to do that, it must have taken the artist a great deal of effort to stack everything JUST right...

...seriously, we simply have to plan a road trip to the MoMA or something (or even just a few hours in the PMA soon...).

Edited at 2008-11-28 06:22 pm (UTC)

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