Our intrepid leader, an energetic, articulate art historian, whose encyclopedic knowledge of Stella gave us details well beyond the labels or wall texts, led on through the gallery to the end of our tour where we met an assembly of tiny, intricate, even whimsical 3-D creations, each with tremendous detail. They made me stop and marvel: who knew? Who could imagine we would encounter such fascinating, delicate creatures among Stella’s bold work? This is a large part of what makes these group art experiences so enriching: the act of discovery.
As we proceeded through the exhibition, learning and wondering and sometimes questioning, always aided by the expert knowledge of our personal art historian, we had the unique opportunity to discuss the work of a prominent contemporary artist who had his first group show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1959, at the young age of 23.
Our encounter with color, shape, and materials, in the form of these sometimes refined, sometimes explosive, but always awe-inspiring creations was something special we shared: another special Cultural Pursuit experience.