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Triton Museum of Art April 17, 2015

Posted by flashbuzzer in Arts.
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I recently visited the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. This museum is dedicated to showcasing the work of local artists and promoting arts education in the local community.

Here is a nugget that I gleaned from my time at the museum.

Allen Ginsberg is arguably best known for his poem Howl. Ginsberg performed the first public reading of Howl at the Six Gallery in San Francisco. On that momentous occasion, Jack Kerouac took up a collection for wine before any of the poets in attendance read their works; he later returned with gallon jugs of wine, and the wine loosened the inhibitions of the poets and their audience. In particular, while Ginsberg began his reading of Howl with carefully measured tones, he grew more animated and demonstrative. The audience responded enthusiastically to Howl, heralding the arrival of the Beat Generation in the American consciousness.

I was pleased to see a range of local artists on display at the museum; I especially appreciated the range of media that they employed, including gouache on wood, glass beads, and the standard approach of oil on canvas. The museum also appears to provide art classes for local high school students, which is neat.

Probably my main quibble with the museum is that it is rather small, and so I did not end up spending much time there. I should note that the museum offers free admission; thus, I suppose that, “you get what you pay for.”

If you reside in the Bay Area and are interested in arts education, I would definitely recommend one of the musuem’s workshops.

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