The first of 3 major art museums on a single trip – I was eager to see American Gothic and all kinds of impressionist treasures.
What does a toy camera/analogue film lover do in an outstanding and well known art museum? Take pictures of course!
What kind of pictures to take, however, is the ongoing internal debate for me.
Close up to show the detail? A step back to show the original frame? Another step back to show it’s context on the wall? Across the room to observe the gawkers, thinkers, and admirers as the step back in their own little mental time machines?
The only honest answer is “all of the above”.
Two massive bronze lions flank the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, and once you walk inside you can feel the history surround you.
My goal, once inside, was to see some of the very famous paintings that I studied years ago in Art History classes (in a textbook), by artists such as Van Gogh, Seurat, and Hopper. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the special exhibit of photographs by William Eggleston (some lomographers’ work reminds me of his). :) I didn;t realize that I was not allowed to take pictures in this exhibit, until I took one and then was kindly, but firmly, reprimanded by the elderly security guard. (Can you find which image is of the Eggleston?) I was going to take the security guards picture in the exhibit, but I could tell by the look on her face, that it was not a very good idea…
Many large art galleries allow photos in the main collection areas, but without flash or tripod/monopod. I had fun trying to get good shots with my LC-A+, and even tried a few hand-held B-shutter Holga shots: fuzzy fun indeed.
i went on a Thursday night for two reasons: they were open later and it was free! So, if you don’t mind a whole bunch of young families and art students, Thursday evening is definitely the time to go..
Only regular days, adult admission is $18 (students $12)
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603-6404