SMoCA, Musical Instrument Museum & Nobuo

Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
Trip End Oct 02, 2013

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

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I've gotten my laptop computer repaired but I still couldn't connect to my computer at home and, as a result, I couldn't check the list I keep of things to do in various places. I did some checking online and decided I'd start by going to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCa).

SMoCA didn't have any temporary exhibits, which seems to be a common problem when visiting musems this time of the year. They had one room with an exhibit from their permanent collection called Josef Albers and the Interaction of Color.  I've seen a lot of Alber's work over the years and never thought much of it but I wasn't aware that he wrote a book, The Interaction of Color, that talks about the theory behind the works and the lessons to be learned from each piece.

They also have a James Turrell elliptical skyspace, Knight Rise.  I saw it when it was overcast and, again, after the sun had come out.  It wasn't particularly interesting during the day but I understand it's best at sunrise and sunset.  The museum is free and open late on Thursdays, which is the only time people get a chance to see it at its best.  I'll have to come back.

Someone at the museum told me that there was a train station nearby that was designed by James Turrell.  I drove past the station but I didn't see any parking so I didn't stop.  It didn't look particularly interesting.

Next I went to the Musical Instrument Museum.  I was expecting a little place I could go through in an hour or two.  My GPS lead me to a large building.  Even as I was walking up to the building I was still thinking it was going to be a small museum and that most of the building must be something else.  I was very wrong.  The museum takes up the entire large building.

Most of the exhibits are arranged geographically although there is one section that has memorabilia from various artists.  They also have memorabilia scattered around the geographically-arranged sections.  For instance, they had one exhibit on Alice Cooper, who is from Phoenix, in the Americas section.

I was very impressed by the museum.  I only had about three hours to go through the museum, which wasn't nearly enough.

I headed for Nobuo at Teeter House for dinner.  It's on Heritage Square across the street from Pizzarian Bianca, where I ate on a previous visit..Nobuo has mostly sushi but there were enough vegetarian items to make up a meal.  My meal was fine but I've been to sushi restaurants I've enjoyed more.
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