Leaving yesterday's post behind, I return to the topics I planned to write on then instead. Which is to say, the Great Cheeses of New England. Behold the power! I'm somewhat embarrassed to note that Rhode Island has no representative on the cheese map, a fact due to the state's leading dairy farm having devoted itself to exploring the world of whipped cream pastries instead. Vermont rules, as might be expected, though I am excited to read about the fine blue cheese available down near Buzzard's Bay, and the quality cheeses of central Massachusetts. These will need to be savored.
. . . Oh, and Cate McQuaid liked the Hockney portraits at the MFA. Photos here. I have to say that I've never really warmed up to Hockney as an artist and was looking forward to this exhibit as a chance to test my reaction. Then I found out the MFA was charging for tickets, so we'll see. Laying down $22 in order to be convinced in the first place seems a little steep (plus convenience and/or handling fees, for online orders at the least.)
I really don't want this site to be all MFA, all the time, but: the Hockney show is what, the fourth contemporary art exhibition in the past couple of years there focused on a British artist? Since I've been writing here, at least, which is less than 2 years. Granted, in this case it's not a YBA like Hirst or Noble and Webster (or to a lesser degree, Wyn Evans); and there have been some other things as well. Hockney is the only one of these, to be sure, to get the full Gund Gallery treatment - the others have been smaller shows in the awful white cube area of the Museum. And this most recent exhibition may not even be the responsibility of the contemporary art program, I have no idea. But the . . . Episcopalian character of the Museum, for all of its controversies (or in hand with them?) continues to be safe under the Rogers directorship.