"That's when I realized I had made a mistake. I had been ignoring this museum, thinking it was off limits because I have young children.
My review of the Miro exhibit currently at the Seattle Art Museum is a wonderful reminder of all the things I want for my kids, but sometimes cast aside when they don't work out the first time. How will they be comfortable in museums? Will they know what it feels like to be swallowed up by a painting that is so enormous and colorful it fills their entire periphery? I want them to experience some of the wonder and magic that I did when I first became absorbed by art, yet taking them to museums scares me.
While I was at the SAM, I spent the morning alone wandering through the galleries, gazing at Miro's colorfully painted dreamscapes and funky sculptures. I found nooks and crannies of space carved out for families and I realized the museum had been designed with parents in mind. There's space for families with tantruming toddlers that need a place to take refuge. When I sat down and took a minute to rest, I clicked some quick pics with my phone. I added them to the group at my self-portraiture workshop and realized maybe I am still participating in the world of art and making discoveries about myself.