diRosa Museum Visit / by Hope A

My dad examines the art car in the main gallery

My dad examines the art car in the main gallery

My Dad flew from Tennessee to visit last week.  As it was his first visit to see me in the Bay Area, he went along with any idea I had.  When I was learning to drive I remember that my Dad would let me play whatever music I wanted to listen to. He even would try to hum along and get into it.  It is very sweet to know my Dad would sit through hours of Ned's Atomic Dustbin and the Pixes AND let me drive. 

Lucky for my dad, I was a little more considerate of his tastes. However, I was interested in visiting the diRosa in Napa, not sure what to expect or what my dad would think of a modern art collection.  You have to get a tour to see most of the work but we spend a little bit in a gallery, took a walk to the sculpture meadow, and toured the house.  There is a site-specific video installation of the changing light through a stained glass window at Chartres.  It was the second time in a week I spend a few minutes contemplating a part of that cathedral, a coincidence that was not lost on me.  (Chartres is also home to a large labyrinth I had recently learned about).

Oakland friends who like conceptual art: this collection is packed with lovely discoveries.  The owner passed away a few years ago, leaving his collection open to the public.  And if you have an Oakland library card, you can see it for free. I will let the photos explain the rest. There are paintings, sculpture and conceptual work, and enough of it has a sacred, quiet, contemplative feeling that made it feel a little like its own church of art. Go. And take me back.

 

The front gallery, open without a tour guide, has a smoke ring machine you can operate

The front gallery, open without a tour guide, has a smoke ring machine you can operate

the bottle chapel.  we may have snuck back after the tour to sit inside.

the bottle chapel.  we may have snuck back after the tour to sit inside.

inside the bottle chapel

inside the bottle chapel

art can be fun!

art can be fun!