But I knew that I could really use a break and so spent an hour or so om Sunday afternoon introducing myself to the International Folk Museum on Museum Hill. I suspected it would put me on visual overload and I knew it would force my brain to drop juggling all the errands and concerns.
I visited two of the exhibits.
First, a colorful room full of a relatively small number of the 106.000 pieces donated by Alexander and Susan Girard. Pieces were grouped and arranged in colorful boxes or placed on top of other displays and hung on the walls. It was organized cacaphony–apparently, all of it organized and specified by the donor.
The visitor's guide mentioned that African figures like these likely influenced Picasso. I definitely saw it, too.
Another favorite was this Moroccan yarn painting. The designs are created by pushing yarn into softened beeswax.
My planned destination was an exhibit of traditional Macedonian Embroidered dress called, Young Brides, Old Treasures.
This is a Miyak Wedding Dress, circa 1900. The exhibit included garments from 1880 through 1950.
You can see all my iPhone photos of the day on Flickr, in my photo set Museum of International Folk Art. I apologize in advance for the quality of some of them ... I am still on the learning curve as an iPhone photographer.
You can also check out the Museum's Flickr photostream (for MUCH better quality images) here.