Monday, October 18, 2010

Louisville Love!

Hi all!  I hope you had a fantastic fall weekend!
I thought I would share some photos from last week's short trip to Toonerville/Luhvull/Looeyville/Looavall/Louisville, Kentucky.

And off we go!  My husband and I enjoyed the beautifully fall colored four hour drive across southern Ohio into KY. Our tunes for the trip?  Vampire Weekend, of course!

As soon as my husband and I checked into the Galt House Hotel and marveled at the view of Louisville, the Ohio River, and Indiana from our hotel room, we headed straight to the Muhammad Ali Center. I loved the architecture outside of the museum (note dorky photo above!)

This was my second trip in five years to the Center, which is five stories of endless history, art, religion, sports, love, peace, and happiness. Seriously.  Ali was the greatest at a lot of things, and there's no way I can post all of the photos that we took. The museum is pure graphic art/media genius;  I will stick with sharing some of my personal faves - the artwork:
My favorite paiting, by Simon Bull

My hand compared to Ali's; the wooden blocks that make up the "Hope & Dream" wall, pictured above.

This sculpture is amazing.

LeRoy Neiman sat ringside and painted live watercolors of Ali's fights. Simply amazing

(The dude I'm taking pictures of taking pictures is my husband.)

One of my favorite things about the Muhammad Ali Center is all of the artwork contributed by local children - so innocent and pure, truthful and powerful.

 Ali and Elvis were BFFs! This robe was made by Elvis' costume designer.

The Muhammad Ali center literally takes hours to walk through - so much fight and news footage to watch, a ton of hands-on exhibits, there's just entirely too much to document here.  It's definitely a must-see if you're in Louisville - set aside at least a couple of hours for the full experience!

On our way to Joe's Crab Shack - had to stop so my husband could get a pic of his very own "belle"!

With Thursday's fun over and done, it was time to get serious and focus on my husband's conference presentation on U of L's campus on Friday.  I attempted to fit in with the scholarly peeps in the a.m., but that was a total failure, so I decided to spare myself the embarrassment and enjoy the gorgeous campus until time for my hub's presentation:

A horse, of course! Outside the School of Art.

Behind the bench I sat on to tweet and check email - I was a little concerned!

Such a sweetheart squirrel! He was playful and fun.

We took a pic of the new basketball/event venue, in downtown Louisville after dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory - the KFC YUM! Center! Clever!

Good-night, and Good-bye Louisville

There WILL be a post describing my mortifying "scholarly talk" with a young Yugoslavian gal at the conference.  I'm thinking I have enough material for several posts.  So sit tight! It'll be worth the wait.
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ty said...

You've got some great pictures!

Rebekah said...

What great pictures! The artwork looks amazing.

So glad you had a great time!

Aimee said...

These are some fantastic photos of your weekend. I really lve all the artwork. Looks like a great weekend.

Faith said...

looks like such a great time. beautiful pictures! you are good. i love the picture of your hands over Ali's hands. it is so cute how small your hands are compared to his!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

It looks like you had a great time!!!! I've never been to that museum!

Wicked Shawn said...

So glad you enjoyed my city!!! You will have to come back again when you can stay a bit longer!!

Miranda said...

Aww! Ya'll are so cute! I'm glad you had a great time!!!!

Paris in Pink said...

Just found this great blog of yours. So many lovely images.. Well, off to read some more :) Paris in Pink

Sunny & Star said...

Looks like a great time. I love the horse outside of the school of art!

Heather said...

Beautiful pictures Stephanie!!! What software do you use to edit your photos? I love them!

Emma said...

Hi there!

You were in my neck of the woods! I go to U of L, and it's so funny that you took a picture of the animal trap sign. I always see those on the way out of the law school, but nobody can figure out where the traps are. Looks like you had fun! :)

scott davidson said...

I went to a contemporary art fair in Shanghai recently, which was a real eye-opener. Chinese contemporary art has come leaps and bounds from the watery Zen landscapes to huge canvases of strange-looking beings. The prices being asked and paid were huge too.
Oriental, if not Chinese, my print of Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting,, bought some time ago from, is as lovely as ever.