Monday, February 18, 2013

A Different Kind of Art- The Metal Museum, Memphis

Our trip to Memphis is quickly approaching and Gerry and I have been busy filling our planning schedule with exiting and unusual things to see and do. Among our more unusual places to visit we will be going to The Metal Museum, which is the only institution in the United States devoted to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork. 
The museum recognizes and promotes the careers of metal smiths and is not like your typical museum. True there are plenty of beautiful and exciting exhibitions, collections and restoration efforts, but the museum offers other services such as consulting services, internship opportunities, glasses, apprenticeships and residence programs and does many of their artwork on site as well.
The exhibits typically feature traditional and contemporary work by national and international smiths.

With this museum the art is not only on display but it is taught as well, this is a fundamental facility and training ground for new artists to learn new practices. Often the museum goers will have the opportunity to see the artists in action, a rare opportunity in many other institutions. You can see typical everyday objects such as fireplace screens and gates become works of art before your eyes. 
Something to look forward to!
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