Though Winter has always been picturesque, I’ve never been more happy to see the sun come up everyday. The blues are slowly fading.
My weekend has been crazy busy. My sister came over from New York and of course, I had to make sure everything about her Chicago trip was perfect. That meant, cleaning the apartment, organizing my room and planning the places we were going to visit. Since my sister has always appreciated art, The Art Institute (which is my favorite museum in the entire city) was first on the itinerary.
The iconic Greek columns are indicative of European influences in the architecture. You will notice the continuation of this when walking up the grand staircase.
One of the things that I admire about this museum is their wide collection of impressionist paintings. If you can see in the photo below, they have a whole wing dedicated to the works of Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Seurat and others.
Probably one of my most favorite paintings besides Van Gogh’s Starry Night, is At the Moulin Rouge by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. One amazing fact about this painting is that May Milton, an English singer seen as the disturbing green lady on the right, was originally cut off from the canvas since it made the painting harder to sell. Seen in the photo below are a couple of people trying to discern where the cut is located.
Another favorite part of the museum is the Modern Wing, designed as a bright open space with clean lines.
This is where Jeff Koon’s sculpture called Woman in Tub can be found. This is a memorable piece of art, not only because of its strong missive but also as a result of the vibrant comic-like composition. What I found most interesting is the abrupt sliced head which left only the woman’s open mouth delivering a message of shocked violation.
Of course, we cannot forget Jackson Pollock, one of the pioneers of Abstract art. The one I’m standing next to is his work, Greyed Rainbow, which shows a distinct technique he introduced during the 1940s called Abstract Expressionism. An interesting fact to note is that Pollock rarely used brushes instead he veers toward unconventional tools such as sticks or palette knives.
If you are interested in seeing these art works in person and exploring the museum (which you should), look at the information provided below. Hope to see you there soon!
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
+1 (312) 443-3600
With every new place I visit, I always try and take photos of certain things I find interesting during my city walk. Here are a couple from Hong Kong.
I just adore the buildings in Hong Kong! They’re old, dirty, compact and weirdly colorful. I felt like I was in an Asian Kung Fu movie and Jackie Chan was just going to jump out of a building and do some crazy stunts.
Asian souvenirs are the best and this stall near one of the temples (I forgot which one) is a good place to buy from. You’ll find really nice postcards, posters, Buddha beads and other things you might want to give out to your friends.
The collection involves motifs and characters familiar to us from various childhood stories. However, they have been reconfigured in order to create a new narrative to help us re-examine our preconceptions about these characters and their circumstances.
During my trip to Baguio, I decided to visit the Bell Church located along the road leading to Benguet. Before going inside, I saw this family on the way to the market to sell meat. I think most people would say that this is a very provincial thing to do. It’s not a good example of “urban”. However, who’s to say this isn’t the norm in their city? Urban is after all just the characteristics of a city.
Upon walking into the room, you’re greeted by blank walls with different clocks – each ticking away at a different rate. Upon closer examination, each clock face has a neat inscription like Infection or Cancer or HIV. Randomly, you’ll hear a soft bell-like sound, ting!
As you finish your tour, the attendant gives you a paper with a list of things and numbers. Apparently, the chimes that you hear means that a person somewhere in the world died of a particular cause.
The installation uses popular statistics, tries to strip the analytical aspect and “humanizes” it by letting viewers experience and reflect on them on a personal level.
I spent 7 minutes in the room and in that span of 7 minutes. 20 people died.