Art art everywhere

We spent this afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s a vast museum with so much to see, including a surprising amount of famous European paintings you’d imagine are in Paris. 

We did the ‘Essentials Tour’ on the free app the museum provides (excellent idea, good audio commentary, more help finding your way around the building is needed).

Here are the highlights we saw:

Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street; Rainy Day

Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Marc Chagall, America Windows

Grant Wood, American Gothic

Archibald Motley, Nightlife

Edward Hopper, Nighthawks

There was loads more to see, but I have a limited enjoyment time when it comes to art galleries so I think we got the best of it before I got angry!

There were some notable differences between this museum and the ones in London. Firstly it was a massive building with a huge new wing, which was great but it was really hard to find your way around. We wondered whether because of the lack of expansion space in London, the main galleries have to be cleverer with new building projects and making use of space. 

Also, it felt like here there was so much space and so much to see that it was all sort of hung on the walls, and though I’m sure lots of careful choices had been made about which pieces to display, there seemed to be less of a thought through story to the pieces than perhaps you get in London museums. 

The one place we did see a more carefully thought through narrative was the excellent exhibition on America after the fall featuring paintings from the 1930s. 

Also – why do people seem to constantly stop in doorways here?


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