...still catching up with the whole sleep thing...should be somewhat back to normal by mid week...I hope.
Where to start? Ahh yes, Chicago. What a great, albeit short, trip it was. I never mind having to enterain myself, especially in a big city, so while John was at his conference I arrived in Chicago, dropped off my bags and took off.
Wait...better back up. There was some artin' at the airport and on the plane en route to Chicago. CED #231. Turned out pretty cool...gal in profile with hair made of butterfly wings...kind of looks a little like some kind of helmet to me...my students said it looked like a wave of butterflies in her hair, too.
Back to the arrival. Literally, dropped my bags and made a mad dash for the The Art Institute of Chicago with the primary concern of seeing the Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective. On my way out I noticed a gallery next to the hotel....this painting just made me stop in my tracks. Two female figures, almost peering out from the large canvas from an impossible textural surface.
But I made myself move on, making a mental note. I would return. (and I did)
Roy Lichtenstein...awesome. It was amazing to see his work up close. Whaam! is such a huge painting. And I guess I didn't realize that the permanent collection was as extensive as it was...I had fun taking super-silly pics of myself expressing my excitement for the art...gave me an idea for a teaching idea...will post later this week in my Teachin' Blog...
(Above) ...partial view from the 94th floor of the John Hancock building, pictures taken David Hockney style then uploaded to http://www.dermandar.com, a site I found last year and LOVE! I need to go in a manually add some picture to make the panoramic flow towards the ends where the water is...but it's late...so this is it for now.
So...museum, random walking, deep dish pizza, 'the bean'...we fit a good amount in my portion of the trip, just over twenty-four hours...but one of the most significant parts of the trip...that gallery next to the hotel? Well, that was Hilligoss Galleries. John and I went in and really lucked out, the gallery director/president took us around the space and talked at length about the artist who painted that piece that caught my eye in the first place, Nikolai Blokhin. He talked about the artist, the work, lighting, framing, selling art, even showed us some of his own work. That seriously made the trip for me. Sigh. What an amazing experience.
Artist and Art Teacher