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HCC Design students view Picasso’s work

 

To stand just inches from a Picasso painting is an amazing thing.  Far from just seeing it in a magazine or online, the observer is taken into the piece and the viewing becomes not just something one sees, but a total experience. The same is true for a Monet, a sculpture in wax from Degas, or a contemporary multimedia collage by a 21st century artist.  

 

This was the very experience of members of HCC’s Design Club on February 22, 2011.  Club members traveled to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to view works from Picasso. The exhibit is on loan to the Virginia Museum from the Museé National Picasso in Paris, and will be available for viewing until May 15.

 

In addition, Design Club members were able to take in the museum at large. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts consists of three floors, featuring multiple forms of art ranging from the prehistoric to 21st century.  The collection encompasses traditional art forms such as paintings, multimedia collage, and pencil/charcoal/ink on canvas works. But far from just what we would expect as art, the collection also includes prehistoric textiles from the Andes, pottery and tools from native North and South Americans, a silver collection from Great Britain, a collection of Fabergé eggs, Tiffany glass, and even jewelry and belt buckles. Of note to the Interior Design students were the Art Nouveau and Art Deco sections, which contained furniture pieces and windows, some from Frank Lloyd Wright. Graphic Design students were fascinated by several of the 21st century pieces, including one piece from Japanese artist Yuinori Yanagi.  His piece, titled “Dollar Pyramid,” was constructed using colored sand, ants, plastic boxes, plastic tubes, and plastic pipes. 

 

Seeing these various materials used by artists served to further expand the art perspectives of the students. It is a marvelous thing to see how artists, from the earliest of times to the present day, have explored the use of every material possible to express their art.

 

Members enjoyed lunch at the museum’s café and also spent time musing through the museum’s gift shop. Admission to the museum is free, with an additional fee for special exhibits such as the current Picasso show. The Design Club urges HCC students to make the trip to Richmond to visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. It is well worth the trip for such an amazing, rare experience.

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By: Jen Wesner, Guest Writer

Interior Design student and secretary of the Design Club

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HCC Design students view Picasso’s work

HCC Design members who were able to go on the trip were: Tim Archer, Christine Gray, Taylor Patterson, Theodore Ivey, Jen Wesner, Ashley Harding, Mary Eastep, Brandi Casey (not pictured). Adjunct Instructors: Jenne Vaughan, Teresa Roberts. Advisor & Interior Design Department Head: Alice Vaughan and SSS counselor: Teresa Mayle (not pictured).