Art Museum Adventures

Last Thursday I decided to pull a Ferris Bueller.

Okay, okay. Maybe not quite. However, we did have a half day at work (why on a Thursday, I still don’t know, but who am I to pass it up?), so my friend and I decided to hit up the Art Institute of Chicago… and had a Ferris Bueller-ish adventure.

The Art Institute of Chicago.  August 7, 2014.

The Art Institute of Chicago. August 7, 2014.

There’s something about visiting a museum–art or otherwise–that’s intriguing. Not only is there that undeniable “old” smell, but it’s astonishing to see how long pieces from hundreds of years ago have survived until now, and how societies were able to design and engineer furniture and architecture that have stood, unwavering.

Not only that, but the beautiful images they painted are breathless. Every stroke, every shade in color, the texture of the paint: How did they think to create what we see before us? I’m not an art history major, and I had only taken two art classes in high school, however the admiration still stands.

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Georges Seurat. 1884. Oil on canvas.

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Georges Seurat. 1884. Oil on canvas. Image taken: August 7, 2014.

I tried pulling a Cameron Fry to Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grade Jatte,” but this room of the museum was too crowded to try to take a picture of me pulling the pose. Instead, I snapped a picture as quickly as I could in a way that excluded most people… dang tourists. (Just kidding.)

The perfect time to paint a picture though is when your subject is reading, right?

Woman Reading. Edouard Manet, 1879/80. Oil on canvas.

Woman Reading. Edouard Manet, 1879/80. Oil on canvas.

More from the Art Institute:

Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Chester French. Modeled in plaster in 1916, cast in bronze after 1916. Image taken August 7, 2014.

Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Chester French. Modeled in plaster in 1916, cast in bronze after 1916. Image taken August 7, 2014.

Let’s not forget to rub Honest Abe’s nose for good luck!

 

Cow's Skull with Calico Roses. Georgia O'Keeffe, 1931. Oil on canvas. Image taken August 7, 2014.

Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses. Georgia O’Keeffe, 1931. Oil on canvas. Image taken August 7, 2014.

The Ferris Bueller day ended after two hours of walking around the Art Institute, grabbing a late lunch, and heading back to the train station. Sadly, no Ferrari borrowing, Cubs game, fancy French food, German Parade or Sausage King of Chicago impersonation. Maybe next time.

2 thoughts on “Art Museum Adventures

  1. Brittany says:

    I never get sick of the Art Institute. I should take advantage of my get-in-free days while my student ID is still valid…

    And I really hope you did rub Abe’s nose! Haha

    • Mary says:

      Unfortunately, I couldn’t because there was a security guard patrolling the area and was watching me. (Do I look suspicious?) I must get my caboose to Champaign soon though to have the unsupervised honor of rubbing his nose!

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