Experiencing Quixote

“Our English 10 instructor didn’t come, so we decided to go to her office in FC to check if she posted assignments. We found two posts, two index cards folded. One is for our class. The other one is for her Creative Writing class. We opened the post for our class and read it aloud. Our beloved instructor ordered us to visit a Don Quixote exhibit at the nearby Vargas Museum and to write an observation-driven essay about the trip. She also told us to photocopy the readings inside the brown envelope beside the door of her office. It wasn’t there. Apparently someone before us had photocopied the readings. Instead of just waiting for those readings to be returned, we decided to visit the exhibit. Good thing too, since it’s already Friday and they’re closed every Monday. I don’t want to go back during the weekend.
I wished I read the whole novel. My only exposure to this novel is that my high school teacher discussed an excerpt from my world literature book.
After paying the fees and depositing our bags, we climb the stairs that leads to the Quixote exhibit. We entered the glass doors and instantly felt the Spanish ambience. The lighting effect gives an impression of warm climate, even though it’s very cold due to air conditioning. There is a soft background Spanish music, which adds to the exotic charm of the place, although some of my classmates remarked that the music is making them sleepy.
The exhibit consists of 126 drawings made by 43 contemporary Spanish artists and 83 Latin Americans compiled by Manolo Cuevas in the year 1996. There is a drawing for each of the chapters of the novel. They are placed in a book replica of the novel, beside the page which tells the chapter. The drawings represent how the artists see Don Quixote in every chapter. I would also like to understand the chapters and see Don Quixote from my own perspective, but the exhibit didn’t bother to provide translations; the novel is in Spanish.
Nor did they provide at least brief explanations of every drawing. The first drawing looks like a head of a man, only that it was drawn like those heads you’ll find in nursery drawings. It appears to me that the drawings are abstract. Of all the 126 drawings, the only one that I recognized is the drawing that represents the chapter in which Don Quixote attacked the windmills. The artist drew it in black and white. It shows the first person viewpoint of Don Quixote himself when he was already struck by the windmill: He is lying sideways facing the windmill, and his armor, shield and sword scattered in front of him.
After the seeing the drawing exhibits, we climb down the stairs found the guard standing on the doorway of the museum. He told us that there is another exhibit at the side of the museum. It features Don Quixote posters for movies, plays, musicals, etc. We proceeded there to take a look. Here I made a little discovery of my own: I didn’t know Don Quixote was made a movie with real characters.
We circled the room taking a look at the posters. One caught my attention. It shows Don Quixote riding on a blonde woman instead of his horse Rozinante. It is in Spanish, but it has a word above it that says ‘Erotica’. Is there a porn version of Don Quixote?
We left the poster exhibit and took our bag from the guard. We returned to the office of our instructor. The readings aren’t still there. I shrugged my shoulders and left. I already have those readings. I already photocopied them last semester.”

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~ by rosmant on December 29, 2005.

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