Now we’ve already covered the intersection between art and music, as well as how the Art Institute is a great respite from the heat and crowds of all of the downtown summer festivals, but with the fences for Lollapalooza popping up all around the museum, we thought it would be a great time to revisit both of those topics. So here’s our very unofficial Lollapalooza-inspired trip through the museum, pairing some of the musical acts you might see this weekend with their artistic counterparts...
Deer Tick – Ornament with Recumbent Deer is the oldest artwork in this guide, created over 2000 years before any of the members of Deer Tick roamed the Earth. But similar to the nomadic lifestyle of the ever-touring band, this tiny piece was sculpted by the migratory tribes of Central Asia.
Spoon – As we’ve mentioned before, Spoon has definitely been inspired by contemporary art, but as far as we know, not by our Spoon Woman. Which is a shame because like a lot of music, Giacometti’s bronze sculpture was partially influenced by his studies of the mystery associated with the female figure.
Lady Gaga – Before there was Gaga, there was Rosalba Carriera’s also very fashionable lady with a parrot. And as that parrot ever so suggestively lifts the fabric from the lady’s dress, we see what an 18th century version of a provocateur might look like.
The Black Keys – Interestingly enough, the name The Black Keys has nothing to do with keys of the musical variety. But that won’t stop us from including the Manxman Pianoforte in our mini-tour. See how these craftsmen paired form and function and visually related their keyboard (filled with actual “black keys”) to the vertical design underneath.
Stars – Vija Celmins’s romantic and unsettling painting, Night Sky #2, portrays the vastness of the star-studded sky. Derived from satellite photographs, these small paintings (this one is less than two feet wide) of an enormous subject can disorient the viewer…much like good music.
Northwestern Inner Mongolia or Northwestern China (Ningxia and Gansu). Ornament with Recumbent Deer, 6th/4th century B.C. Gift of Bertha Palmer Thorne.
Rosalba Carriera. A Young Lady with a Parrot, c. 1730. Helen Regenstein Collection.
Designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott. Case work by John P. White, Pyghtle Works, Bedford. Piano mechanism by John Broadwood and Sons, London. Manxman Pianoforte, Manufactured 1897. Restricted gifts of Robert Allerton, Mrs. Joseph Regenstein, Sr., Walter S. Brewster, Mrs. Emily Crane Chadbourne, Richard T. Crane, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Blumka, Henry Manaster, Jack Linsky, Mrs. Margaret Day Blake, Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson, Mrs. Henry C. Wood, by exchange; Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Fund; European Decorative Arts Purchase Fund.
Vija Celmins. Night Sky #2, 1991. Ada S. Garrett Fund.