The weekend in Review

I really enjoyed the extra day off this weekend.  Finally had a chance to check out Voltage Coffee & Art this weekend, enjoy my first “Atticus Finch” latte, and take in the work of Tess Jenkins.   I love her style and her ability to use an abstract local color in her images(ie: blue face), but still render skin tones, highlights, and proportions accurately to create a cohesive composition.

I was so inspired by her work that I later went to Michael’s and bought a canvas to give this interesting style of painting a shot in the comfort of my own home. I will let you know how it turns out.

And I built my first terrarium. With a giraffe and a robot in it.

(The photographs of Harold “Doc” Edgerton, on display at MIT Museum)

Went to the MIT Museum for the first time since its opening and thought it was a great way to spend an afternoon.  The subject matter of many of their exhibits is pretty dense and should be nicknamed “The Museum of Tiny Text”.  I would see some machine/molecular structure that looked interesting, bend down to read a lengthy description of protons..neurons…ions….molecular bionic anthropomorphic gamma ray nucleosis degenerations..and walk away not knowing WHAT JUST HAPPENED.  I really hoped to learn why each of the exhibits were significant. In a concise manner. But I guess there is a reason I didn’t go to MIT.

And so, my visit lent itself more to taking in optical illusions and holograms.  The face of Albert Einstein morphing into Marilyn Monroe and 3 dimensional pictures of dogs were more palatable to my overstimulated mind.

The museum also featured an interesting Polaroid exhibit with old cameras, test strips and yes, the Lady Gaga image.

With musical steps, a hall of bionics, 150 years of MIT history, and gestural engineering structures there was much to take in aside from the geek speak.

It would have been nice if there was a dash of interactivity. More like a Museum of Science, but without the dirty communal buttons. And just to drive the point home about my inability to absorb the dense subject matter of some of the exhibits, may I wrap this up by suggesting you stop by the giftshop and purchasing astronaut icecream on your way out!

Yay, ice cream! :D

If you DO check out the museum, can you please read all the exhibition placards and tell me what I’m missing?

Hours: 10:00AM-5:00PM daily

Where: 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Cost: General admission, $7.50 for adults; Youth under 18, students, seniors: $3

How: Official Website

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