My favorite art museum is the Whitney in Manhattan. I feel like the artists and work included represent the cutting edge of contemporary, 20th and 21st century art. The fact that it is American art-centric lends itself to one of the few places chronicling American heritage in the arts – something that, as an American artist, touches me personally when I walk through the museum. My dream is to one day have my own retrospective at the Whitney – that’ll be the pinnacle for me.
My favorite art museum is the Cranbrook Museum of Art. I grew up near Cranbrook and my parents were very involved with the Art Academy so my first memories of any art museum is theirs. The architecture of the building is elegant and striking. My mother took me there often and I have particular memories of a ancient sculpture of an Asian head. I really loved that sculpture and when they changed the exhibit and the sculpture was removed, I was very upset. The curator took me down to the storage area so that I could see that the head was still there and safe. I’ve seen many different exhibitions there over the years and I still have that feeling of personal connection with the art and with the museum.
Legion of Honor Museum would have to be my favorite. One day we set out to go to the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco to see the visiting Pablo Picasso exhibit, but there was long line that wrapped clear around the block just to get in the door. So we changed our plans and went for a hike in a beautiful woodsy area where we unexpectedly stumbled upon the Legion of Honor Museum. There I saw an extensive collection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin including the ‘The Thinker’ and several pieces of Pablo Picasso’s ceramics. It was a very good day.