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.
1 day 6 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
Two major figures in American art and literature aim to make the black experience visible in postwar America.
Closing August 28—http://bit.ly/2aQrnYd
1 day 10 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago It is believed Van Dyck never intended for the early stages of his etchings to be circulated and was surprised by their immediate popularity in the art market. Finding success at a time when artists didn’t usually show works in progress, these “unfinished” prints helped set the stage for the more recent popularity of works that reveal the creative process. See the prints that altered conventions in Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print—closing August 7.
2 days 5 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1983: The museum held an exhibition for the collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson, Chicago collectors of contemporary American realist drawings. Acknowledged at the time for collecting against prevailing art world trends, they amassed a comprehensive collection of work spanning the careers of both well-known artists—like Jack Beal, pictured here with Jalane herself and a portrait he made of her—and lesser-known Midwestern artists. The entire Davidson collection was bequeathed to the museum and saw another exhibition devoted to it in 1999.