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Saturday in Chicago

I spent an active day in Chicago yesterday.

Breakfast was at the Corner Bakery by my hotel. Then I took off for the Newberry Library and their magnificent exhibition about the 1893 Columbian Exposition here in Chicago.

I bought a few greeting cards too, then headed to the Art Institute. Since I have never done the whole Chinese collection, I spent most of my time there on Saturday. What a glorious permanent collection this is!

I met up with my friend Ramelle and two of her friends for a quick dinner and drinks at the Purple Pig, then went to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their subscription concert Saturday evening. Michael Tilson Thomas conducted, with the second half being the heart-churning Symphony No. 6 by Tchaikovsky.

A quick late call with Yufei brought me back the hotel for a drink and a blog entry. And some Amazon time looking up books I saw today….

I also stopped by a few shops today, and have now a few extra [smaller] bags of goodies to bring home.

Art Institute of Chicago

The view upon leaving the Art Institute on Sunday.

Most any trip to Chicago includes some time at the Art Institute of Chicago, called by some the greatest museum in the world.  I never tire of the Impressionists, of the miniature rooms, of the great masters, of the architecture collection, of the paperweight collection.

Hello, old friend.
Hello, old friend.

This trip included the America After the Fall exhibition, the collection of modernist chairs, and some Napoleon stuff.  And my old friends Messrs. Seurat and Monet.


From the 1930’s American exhibition, viewed during a private members-only morning:

Edward Hopper, 1939. New York Movie. This painting is filled with incredible suggestive detail.
Edward Hopper, 1939. New York Movie. This painting is filled with incredible suggestive detail.
I loved the symmetry of the view: a visitor and the painting he observes.
I loved the symmetry of the view: a visitor and the painting he observes.
Edward Hopper, 1940. Detail of Gas.
Edward Hopper, 1940. Detail of Gas.
Grant Wood. American Gothic.
Grant Wood. American Gothic.
Alice Neel, 1935. Detail of Pat Whelan.
Alice Neel, 1935. Detail of Pat Whelan.
Charles Sheeler, 1931. Classic Landscape.
Charles Sheeler, 1931. Classic Landscape.
Thomas Hart Benton, 1938. Cradling Wheat.
Thomas Hart Benton, 1938. Cradling Wheat.
Thomas Hart Benton, 1938. Detail of Haystack.
Thomas Hart Benton, 1938. Detail of Haystack.
Grant Wood, 1932. Daughters of Revolution.
Grant Wood, 1932. Daughters of Revolution.
Paul Cadmus, 1934. The Fleet's In. Notice the prim lady at the left, and her dog.
Paul Cadmus, 1934. The Fleet’s In. Notice the prim lady at the left, and her dog.
Paul Sample, 1933. Church Supper. I love the sly glances at the lady in pink.
Paul Sample, 1933. Church Supper. I love the sly glances at the lady in pink.