June 13, 2024

040: At the Museum With a Friend


I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s topic is going to the museum with a friend and how that changes the experience.  For this podcast Mom and I invited our friend, Nathalie Kalbach to join us!  Here’s a photo I took of her at MoMA in the Picasso Sculpture exhibit:

And one I took of Mom at the deCordova Sculpture Garden:

And a photo my Dad took of me at the MFA exhibit I mention on the podcast:

Can’t take me anywhere…. 😉

And because we talked so much about food at the museum, here’s a photo of the most recent meal Nathalie and I had at MoMA:



On the podcast we discuss why you go to a museum, bringing yourself to the art viewing experience, the nature of failure, art in real life vs. photographs, whether knowledge helps or hurts the viewing experience, food, and the magic of talking about art with a friend.

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions!  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation!

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4 thoughts on “040: At the Museum With a Friend

  1. I have just started listening to your podcasts in September. I really liked your mom’s comment about going to museums to be educated. (I read all the placards too.) That is how I “see” them. But I have a friend who notices not only the art, but the buildings, the lights, the whole experience. Just wanted you to know that you made me think about going to museums in a different way. May have to go to my local art museum soon…

  2. First of all, I just wanted to thank you for a podcast that is full of great “thinking material.” I am a scrapbooker/memory keeper and this particular episode gave me a lot of aha moments. I am intrigued by the idea of artwork being viewed differently based on who you are with, knowledge of the creator, knowledge of customs, knowledge of the backstory, etc.

    When you were talking about you and Nathalie viewing and appreciting an exhibit differently because you are artists, it made me think about how my husband or my mom might flip through my scrapbook albums and say, “Oh, that’s nice,” but my fellow scrapbooking friends would look at the layers of paper, paint, and stamping. They would read the journaling. They would look at how it was constructed, just how you did.

    I think it’s important to realize why the people who look at our artwork react the way they do. Again, thanks for a thought provoking episode!

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