I'd describe today's weather as February-esque. But the fact of the matter is that it's almost MAY. So no matter how bad it is, spring and summer are definitely around the corner. It's always happened like this. I checked some old calendars and summer is for sure on its way. At this point it's just a numbers game. (Full disclosure: I don't actually know what that phrase means.)
Reminders help, though—some brief sunlight, a flower here and there, dudes who've already switched to cargo shorts and aren't looking back. The Art Institute has a few reminders on its walls, too, like Georgia O'Keeffe's appropriately-named Spring from 1923/24, on display in gallery 265. The sun's coming in at a relaxed 45-degree angle, so you can imagine it's a mild morning, with a breeze pointing the house's weathervane to the east. The palette is all fresh greens and purples and bright whites. The whole world is going to look like this soon, trust me.
Not today, though. Sorry. You should spend today inside—at the Art Institute! Bam.
4 hours 11 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Artists in 19th-century Paris went crazy for big cats. ARTicle explores the history around this obsession and some of the works now on view in Lion Hunters: Copying Delacroix's Big Cats.
9 hours 50 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Painting depends on ink, ink depends on brush, brush depends on wrist, and wrist depends on the heart and mind.” —Tao Chi
The Inspired Chinese Brush is an installation of traditional Chinese ink paintings showcasing the rich variety of textural effects that could be achieved through careful control of the combination of ink and brushes used in their creation. Tang Yin’s painting Drinking at Night portrays the prominent 11th–century Chinese poet, calligrapher, and governmental official Su Shi drinking alone in a pavilion on a moonlit night. The work gets its name from Su Shi’s poem “Drinking on an Evening in Spring,” which is quoted on the scroll following the painting.
See this painting and the rest of the exhibition on view now in Gallery 134.
1 day 2 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago The Museum Shop’s new fall collection has arrived online! Spend $75 or more by August 31 and receive free standard shipping on your order. Enter promo code FALL75 at checkout.