August's museum theme is PLAY.
My favorite museum memories involve some sense of play. It can be such a great way to appropriate a museum visit and to claim the space as your own. But, as an adult, thinking of ways to play can be a lot of work! I find myself tapping into a childlike energy when I am playful; it makes me think of the quote by Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” I hope you'll be inspired to have some summer fun playing in a museum near you this month.
This statue in the Met absolutely delights me, and is a fabulous mascot for this month's museum theme. Janet Scudder modeled "Frog Fountain" in Paris in 1901, and then brought it to New York in hopes of impressing potential patrons. It worked. She became known for ornamental garden sculptures, which were prized by wealthy Americans for the decadent grounds of their estates. Scudder had studied in Italy, and this bronze shows influences of Renaissance sculptures.