I recently had a perfectly lovely day. Sure, it was in the 30s, windy and dreary, but who cares? I was in Chicago with my daughter. Someone else was driving. Does life get much better?
One of our stops was the Art Institute. I don’t know much about art, but I enjoy it.
I love to look at it, even when it doesn’t seem especially great (while I appreciate the size here — 24′ wide — would this really be so hard to paint? I suppose so. Told you I didn’t know much about art).
When the teacher announced that the parents couldn’t accompany the kids at the museum because of group size, I was disappointed at first. But I got over that pretty quickly. Because spending a couple of hours at leisure to wander a place like this?Pretty cool.
One of my favorite discoveries was in the basement. It’s called the Thorne Miniature Rooms, and I spent quite a while peering at 68 1:12 scale model rooms, from simple early American to ostentatious Regency French.
They were fascinating. One of the neatest things was that the individual rooms weren’t lit, but the tiny rooms that you could peek through adjacent doors into, were. Other times, like in the photo above, the light came from outside the window, where an entire miniature outdoors was created. The rooms were created by Narcissa Niblack Thorne, who was married to the son of a founder of Montgomery Ward Company. She lived 1882 – 1966.
What about you? Seen any great art lately?