Fun with the Art Institute of Chicago

Warhol wall

Andy Warhol. The art world darling. The Art Institute of Chicago is putting on a big Warhol show. Members get a special preview during October 17-19, 2019. Can’t get into the members preview of the Warhol show? Get a cool preview of the show OUTSIDE the museum. Just north of the Art Institute on Monroe …

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resolution of golden age signage

Capturing sharp details from drawings in an art museum

The collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago is a nice display of work. Especially impressive is the large sign at the front of the exhibit. The Art Institute blew up a 6-inch by 10-inch drawing to be 10 feet tall. The resulting large signage is rather powerful. …

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Art on walls, or in hands

What is the utility of hanging a drawing on a wall? How often do people change their wall decorations? Do people today continue to buy images to hang on their walls? Should a drawing instead be viewed with one’s hands? Or referenced in a sketchbook. The Art Institute of Chicago has an exhibit of drawings, …

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Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii (foot through kaleidosco

Multiple toes: photographs of statue feet with kaleidoscope lens

While photographing the feet of a sculpture of two naked men wrestling, at the Art Institute of Chicago, a guard stopped me. She asked what the clip was on my camera. I walked over to her, and showed her how the clip is a kaleidoscope lens for my iPhone. Holding my phone up, I showed …

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Degas in 360-degree stitched photo

Stand right in front of a Degas pastel drawing, and try photographing a 360-degree photograph with multiple-stitching. You get some fun results with how the application auto-stitches the exposures together. Normally, 360-degree panorama apps like this are meant to photograph a larger scene outdoors, or maybe even a room. On my iPhone I use 360 …

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Making famous art into playable tiles in the museum store

Can Jackson Pollock paintings be displayed any which way? Upside-down, sideways? Sure, why not? Especially when the paintings are reproduced into two-inch magnets. The Art Institute of Chicago takes some of their most famous art, reprints it into tiny two-inch squares and then seals it within a quarter-inch thick piece of acrylic. Holding these acrylic …

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A bookshelf with hundreds of books that you cannot touch

A floor-to-ceiling shelf holding hundreds of books. Makes a beautiful backdrop. But you can’t read the books. You can’t even touch them. It’s a work of art. Oooook. I need to investigate this artwork further. During lunch I breezed through the Art Institute of Chicago. An unexpected visit on my part, because the nearby McDonalds …

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The first artwork the Art Institute acquired in 1999

The candy pile is the first artwork the Art Institute acquired in 1999. It has the reference number of 1.1999. I googled all the other years from 1879 to 2018. Yup, that’s 139 Google searches. Google totally DID NOT like me doing that many searches. Anyhow, I only came up with two more artworks: 1.2001 and …

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Ahh, here we go—I feel like I’m in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing

When you want to go to the art museum, but have to grocery shopping instead

Want to visit the Art Institute of Chicago?—but wait—you are out of yogurt. That’s the dilemma I found myself in this afternoon. I wanted to visit some fine art, but I was out of fine yogurt. Perhaps one can survive on art alone, but my body needs the protein of the Chobani Flip. Specifically Salted …

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