Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pigskins and Paintings

(images #1 and #2 courtesy of

(image courtesy of

Packers vs. Steelers. Renoir vs. Caillebotte.

Tomorrow night in Dallas, as Super Bowl XLV kicks off, the Super Bowl ring wont be the only thing on the line. For the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, temporary ownership of two Impressionist paintings by famed artists will be up for grabs. One a Renoir, and one a Caillebotte. Should the Packers emerge with a W, the Milwaukee Art Museum will receive Renoir's "Bathers With Crab," (image #1 above), on loan. However, should the outcome be the reverse, Caillebotte's "Boating on the Yerres" will be loaned to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. Per CNN, the art director at the Milwaukee Museum is from Green Bay, so... "this is personal." A year ago, Tyler Green of the blog Modern Art Notes, dared museums from the participating cities to do the same thing. The New Orleans Museum of Art ended up with a Turner on loan. A thus, a new tradition was born.

We think this is a great way for art lovers and museum staffers to get involved and show their team spirit on the big day. And, as Lynn Zelevansky, director of the Carnegie Museum put it, "We let the excellence of our football team, and our collection, speak for itself." Clearly, the stakes are high, and pride is on the line.

May the best team win!


Terry said...

Atlanta galleries should do this. Football games down here are way more important than the Superbowl.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Love gorgeous.

Karena said...

Emily, how fascinating a very good idea, I had not heard of. Would be great for Kansas City as well!

Come and enter my amazing giveaway from Splenderosa!

Art by Karena

Carol Schiff Studio said...

A mix of art and fashion...great blog!