Get inside the artwork at the Art Institute of Chicago #GetInsideTheArtInstituteofChicago

Ever want to get inside the artwork at an art museum? Now you can! Several people on Instagram and Flickr have demonstrate how they interact with artworks in museums. These seven methods are collected under the hashtag, #GetInsideTheArtInstituteofChicago. A clever pun that says both “Get inside the artwork” and “Get inside the Museum” as it demonstrates both how to interact with the artwork, and encourages people to get inside the museum.

Re-envision what an art museum can be and do with these seven methods of #GetInsideTheArtInstituteofChicago (and The Art Instititue, you’re welcome. This should be your next social media campaign).

1. Pose behind a sculpture

Charles Ray’s “Hinoki” is a great sculpture to get into. Instagram user Wendyyalas snapped this photo of jonbuda standing at the end of the sculpture peeking inside. It would be fun to see a similar trick done with other sculptures at the Art Institute. Stand behind the sculpture and peek your head over the top, giving the illusion that your head is part of the sculpture.

(Hinoki in Modern Wing, Gallery 292B)

2. Grab a reflection in glass

Reflective glass is always a great way to get inside artwork. As Wendyyalas’s photo shows, Larry Bell’s “Untitled (Terminal Series)” gives the illusion that you are actually inside the box.

(found in Modern Wing, Gallery 293B)

3. Stand in front of the painting as though the painting will do something to you

Instagram user oriviaa stands in front of Philip Guston’s “Red Box”. Bonus points for having a cute title: “Getting hammered”

(Red Box in Gallery 295B)

4. Match something exactly in the painting

Grab your membership ID card and and take a photo of your card in front of Monet’s Stacks of Hay like how Instagram user djessyparischicago did. Not a member? Grab one of the programs and do the same thing.

(Stacks of Wheat (End of Summer) found in Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 243)

5. Become a silhouette

The Art Institute’s large windows in the Modern Wing makes both sculptures and people into silhouettes. Make photos that ask, “Which is the sculpture, which is the viewer?” Candi Jackman photographed a student in her daughter’s second grade class along with the Picasso mockette.

(Picasso’s “Maquette for Richard J. Daley Center Sculpture” can be found in Gallery 143)

6. Bring cardboard cut-outs of friends and hold them up in front of paintings

Modernist artworks make great backdrops for matching people. Instagram user austinisaac brought a photo of a friend and photographed it in front of an Ellsworth Kelly painting.

(“Train Landscape” by Ellsworth Kelly, found in Modern Wing, Gallery 296B)

7. Stand in the middle of the artwork

What better way to get inside an artwork, than to literally get inside the artwork? Jes√∫s Rafael Soto’s sculpture of hanging plastic cords invites users to walk inside.

(“P√©n√©trable de Chicago” found in Modern Wing, Gallery 292A

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