At this point in the holiday shopping season, people generally fall into one of two camps. There are those with a relaxed (some might say smug) air, whose gifts are all wrapped and neatly labeled for distribution. Then, there are others, marked by a desperate, almost crazed appearance, still frantically wandering from shop to shop in an effort to find the perfect present for everyone on their lists.
One thing all of us can say for certain is the economy is bad. More people are out of work than ever and even though the government promises it will get better it can be hard to believe at times. But good can come out of this kind of hardship. Families become stronger and people learn the value of helping others. And from time to time failure can even lead to success. Such was the case with Gauguin.
CLEVELAND (November 19, 2009) –The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) celebrates The Cleveland Institute of Art exhibition CIA Students: Cleveland, 2009. The CIA student exhibition, featuring 10 pieces created just for this occasion by 21 students, is inspired by Paul Gauguin and other anti-establishment artists at Monsieur Volpini's Café des Arts in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Just as Gauguin showed the world a glimpse of the emerging artists of his day, the CIA café exhibition at the museum offers a look at today’s young talent.
tgif_sqr1.gifToday most people use Friday as an excuse to hit the town and unwind with a few drinks. Hey, you worked hard all week, you deserve it! Gauguin, on the other hand never needed such an excuse. He drank no matter what day of the week it was. So, in celebration of Gauguin's free-spirited nature we're having happy hour at the m
“The first stage is like ordinary drinking, the second when you begin to see monstrous and cruel things, but if you can persevere you will enter in upon the third stage where you see things that you want to see, wonderful curious things.” – Oscar Wilde on drinking absinthe
The Green Muse, El Diablo Verde, the Green Curse of France, whatever you call it absinthe is a force to be reckoned with. This highly alcoholic liquor made of distilled herbs most notably wormwood, green anise, and fennel tastes like black licorice and looks like Scope.
The place: Paris. The year: 1889 and Paul Gauguin has found out his art is too shocking to be included in the Exposition Universelle. Was he deterred? Of course not. Gauguin and his friends decided to put on their own independent exhibition to display their new post-Impressionist style of painting. The venue they chose was Monsieur Volpini’s Café des Artes which was conveniently located on the grounds of the Exposition Universelle.