Love Your City: Chicago - See
The Art Institute is a museum people associate with two major paintings, Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” and Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”. These are iconic, works of art, but I’ve been lucky enough to have visitors a few times this year and see some special exhibits. The Charles Ray sculpture exhibit and the David Adjaye exhibit are two of my favorite recent special exhibits.
I am embarrassed to admit that sculpture never interested me until a few years ago. I guess that I just didn’t get it? I have since grown up and now I appreciate the art form. The Charles Ray exhibit at the Art Institute, which I was fortunate enough to see twice, was amazing. The human figures were so lifelike, the machinery sculptures so intricate and realistic, and the tree, both in concept and execution, was simply amazing. You can read what I think is an interesting article about the exhibit here. Sunday, October 4 was the last day in Chicago, and I’ve been trying to figure out where it is going next, if anywhere, but I can’t find that information yet. I will update as soon as I have information.
David Adjaye is an architect I had not heard of until his exhibit at the Art Institute. I’m not saying I am some architectural know-it-all, but I am fairly knowledgeable about contemporary architects. I am so glad I saw this exhibit because I am interested to see his works and projects that have not been completed. He has already made a name for himself but I can’t wait to see what is to come from him. I like that he doesn’t stick to a particular look and tailors his structures to the environment, location, and function rather than just his own style and vision. I highly recommend visiting the Art Institute before this exhibit leaves on January 3, 2016 because there are models of his works, text, photos, and videos with his commentary. I certainly plan to go back for more.