I’m so lucky to live a short train ride from New York City where I can visit some of the world’s great art museums. I took a day off yesterday and saw the amazing exhibit of Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim. Full disclosure, I’m usually not a huge fan of modern art. I often feel like I just don’t get it and truly, in this exhibit, I’m not sure I “got it” either. But I was blown away. First, she’s a female artist who predated a number of male artists who are credited with “discovering” modern art. So “who discovered what when” is interesting. But she also had seances and felt she was channeling spirits through her work. So there’s that. Then there’s the fact that she foretold the creation of the Guggenheim and described the venue that would ultimately house this exhibition in great detail before it was even conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright. Finally,there were all the stylistic changes in her work. In one period, she covered canvases with large, colorful flowing spirals in oil paint and the very next year, much of her work featured a single water color square on butcher paper. It made for a jarring walk through a building that wraps around itself multiple times. To me, it was a reminder that while we we cycle through the same seasons and events each year, we shouldn’t expect things to always be the same. There are changes and surprises around each turn. Like Modern Art, sometimes making sense of it is challenging. Perhaps a seance might help me figure it out?