Listener Joe Tait shares some of his photos, art, and a story about Chalkfest to go with it:
I had the chance to do some impromptu WFMU promoting at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalkfest a couple of weeks ago and wanted to pass along some images. The crowdshots give some context- beautiful day, band playing lukewarm Obama-boosting reggae (let's hope Ohio learned its lesson in 2004...), uncensored art being made by people of all ages, levels of ability and interests. You "rent" a stone with a donation to the museum. They provide the chalk. I got to support two of my favorite institutions with one reference to a German Expressionist I'm fond of. Talked to a couple of people who were made curious by the picture about what WFMU is too. Not a bad day.
The painting I had in mind was "The Death of the Poet Rainer Werner" by Conrad Felixmuller -- a leftist Expressionist whiz kid in his Weimar day. While the painting has a grim backstory -- the subject is the painter's friend who was an addict and leapt from a high window in Berlin -- I can't help but find an uplifting quality to it -- quite literally that the figure is rising more than falling. It made me think it appropriate. I replaced the syringe with an I-Pod.
More photos after the jump.