I’m having a wonderful time at the Mingei Museum. This last weekend, while the Geezer was working at the SDAM, I went up to the Mingei.
Yes, I was disappointed that the show on “Blue” was down. No chance to see the film on indigo dye. On the same floor, over in the corner, a five foot tall pile of leaves and twigs caught my eye. In the 80’s, artist Alice Hudson had been commissioned to create a home for a small doll named Wednesday. Here out of leaves and twigs, fabrics and paper-mache, Hudson created a magical world that charms us all.
Here her imagination blooms. Wednesday greets you at the door to her home, and shares it with obvious delight. I am not alone in feeling drawn to this sculpture. The Wanderer spent hours in 2012 photographing and researching Wednesday’s Palace. The Mingei has published a book about Wednesday, and there are many other sites online that explore this glorious burst of imagination.
John Nobel, who commissioned the work, made a video in conjunction with the Mingei. In this film, A Palace for Wednesday, He talks about the creation as well as about the delightful characters. Stop by at the video when you have a few moments as I do at the museum.