My family came to visit me in Phoenix a few weeks ago, and we had a blast playing tourist for a few days. We went hiking, went to a hockey game, and checked out Top Golf (it’s reallllly fun, and I’m a reallllly terrible golfer).
On one of the days, my mom and I had a girls day, and went shopping, out for lunch at Culinary Dropout (get the hummus!) and then to the Phoenix Art Museum.
They were showing an exhibition of Andy Warhol portraits, and it was really neat. My favourite portrait was the Marilyn Monroe one, but not the one that you always see, with the really bright colours, this one was more muted and dark, and I really liked it.
They also had a room full of silver balloons, a recreation of an art installation Andy Warhol did, I kind of wanted to run through it, but I held it together.
As part of the exhibit, there is a video feed of Warhol’s grave in Pittsburg (you can check it out here), along with a quote from Warhol about death:
“I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish. Everything should just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment’.”
The Warhol stuff was cool, but the exhibit I liked the most was called “Fireflies on the Water” by Yayoi Kusama. It’s a light installation, you go into this pitch black little room, surrounded by mirrors, and thousands of little twinkle lights come on, in different colours and patterns.
It’s a little hard to maneuver because it’s pitch black, and there are mirrors everywhere so it’s hard to see where you are going, but it’s absolutely stunning.