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Junhee Chung's Easter Rabbit in a Macy's Advertisement for Easter in the Los Angeles Times
A Rabbit I Can See. Can You?

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Created: March 27, 2005
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The Gift Of Imagining What We Don't Really See

Junhee Chung's Easter Rabbit appeared in a Macy's advertisement on Sunday, March 27, 2005. It didn't scan very well, and so in the Painting of the Week I tried to recapture it with the feeling that I experienced when I saw it in print. My freebie program can't really approximate it accurately, but I think I managed to get back some of the vivacity that came across in the child's drawing.

Junhee Chung's Easter Rabbit in a Macy's Advertisement for Easter in the Los Angeles Times
A Rabbit I Can Imagine. Can You?

I would never have thought of a rabbit with red ears, shades of yellow to beige to brown, with a deep greenish blue middle section and red rear paws. But I recognized him right away. Of course, there's a rabbit like that in my garden. Is there one in yours? I welcome this child as a kindred spirit, on the basis of the rabbits we can imagine.

And that imagining affects our expectations quite as much as the real world context in which we find ourselves. Children just preserve that freedom of imagination longer that do adults. We seem to forget the red and blue and yellow and green and red rabbits of our youth.

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        The Nomadic Museum as seen on February 1. The 45,000-square-foot space opens to the public on March 5.

        While the city marvels at saffron-bedecked Central Park, another massive arts project has been nearing completion downtown, one shipping container at a time. Called the Nomadic Museum, it will take up all of Pier 54, on the Hudson River at 13th Street. But as a museum it’s a rather curious monument: It won’t remain standing for very long. And it’s devoted exclusively to the work of one artist.

        Photographer Gregory Colbert—who travels the world taking pictures of people communing with whales, elephants, and other animals— got the idea (and funds) for the museum after his one-man installation in 2002 at the Venice Biennale’s Arsenale, a vast shipyard dating from the Renaissance. “Ashes and Snow” was the first solo exhibit ever to occupy the entire space. And every last piece of art in it was bought up by the chairman of Rolex, who then encouraged the artist to use the money to mount the show—as is—in other cities. So, Colbert asked the avant-garde Japanese architect Shigeru Ban to design a museum large enough to travel with it. After “Ashes and Snow” finishes its New York run, from March 5 to June 6, the Nomadic Museum will be taken apart and reassembled in Los Angeles. Future stops include Beijing and Paris.

        From Have Museum, Will Travel. At p. 1.

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        Rendering by Ombra Bruno/Officina di Architettura
        Rendering by Ombra Bruno/Officina di Architettura

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