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 38 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago A kiss under the mistletoe? Plant one on that special somebody and share your glad tidings with fellow art lovers around the world.
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10 hours 13 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to the famous artist and chronicler of Parisian nightlife Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
This poster is said to have launched the career of French can-can dancer Jane Avril, whose alluring and unique stage persona inspired Nicole Kidman’s character in the film Moulin Rouge.
See two rarely exhibited prints of Jane Avril along with several other works by Toulouse-Lautrec in Gallery 242.
13 hours 40 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago FRIDAY–Start the holidays off with a roar at the 24th Annual Wreathing of the Lions.
Warm up with complimentary hot chocolate and enjoy the family festivities. Free and open to the public!