I had another post in my head to share today, but I'm going to put that off until another time. Because today on my way to work, I saw something that not only amused me, but also made me think of a good thing for Three on Thursday.
As you may have guessed by the post's title, I am thinking of three particular pieces of art that have amused me greatly. I'm not making any commentary as to what is or is not actual "art," because I have no real ability to speak to that. But I do know the kinds of things that amuse me.
1. What started it all: On my way to work I pass a store that sells framed art and that will also do framing. They always have a variety of things in the window. Today there was a large black and white photograph that got my whole brain going on this topic. It showed Nelson Mandela sitting in chair, smiling, with his hands held out as if he was speaking to a crowd of people. To his right on a small couch, there was Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali (back when he was known as Cassius Clay), Malcolm X, and Barack Obama - all leaning forward with serious expressions, as if they are listening to every word. Now, let me say that I get this - these are all men who all made a huge difference in the world, particularly in their respective areas, and they are all icons. But I am amused these days by photos that you know are Photoshopped, but look completely convincing.
And that reminded me of two other art pieces that have always made me laugh when I remember them.
2. A friend of mine in high school brought in a picture drawn by her younger sister who was in first grade. It was depicting the Holy Family's Flight to Egypt. It showed Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a plane! Apparently the friend's mother asked why they were in a plane, and the little girl said it was supposed to be a flight. OK. Then they asked who was flying the plane, and she said, 'Pontius Pilot' (of course meaning "Pilate"), and every year around Easter I think to myself what would have happened if in fact they had all left Egypt on a plane in the beginning of the whole story ...
3. And now one of my all-time favorites. When we lived in DC, one of the places I worked was in the library at George Washington University. Our department had one wall that was all windows, and looked out on a plaza where people came up from the Metro. There were all kinds of street vendors located there, but my favorite was the guy who sold paintings on velvet. Of course, he had the usual suspects: Elvis, Jesus, and The Beatles, as well as some scenic views. But for me the best one will always be a triptych he had in place of honor and clearly felt was his masterpiece. It depicted JFK on one end, Martin Luther King, Jr. on the other end - and then in the middle: