Saturday, May 29, 2010

A day out with friends at the AIC!!

With mercury rising, a great place to beat the summer heat is the Art Institute of Chicago [AIC].. Here's a few photographs with my two friends Hilary and Rizza..
Date: May 25th, 2010..

From ancient to contemporary, from meeting with Goddess Tara, to empathizing with Edward Hopper's Nighthawks..

From admiring the elaborately stenciled [original] Stock Exchange Trading Room.. to .. snacking at the lovely McKinlock Court.. We enjoyed it all, with equal doses of seriousness and tomfoolery!

Image 1: Winged Horse [By John Bradley Storrs]..
Image 2 & 3: Goddess Tara with Hand in Gesture of Reassurance..
Image 4: Nighthawks [By Edward Hopper]..
Image 5, 6 & 7: Original Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room..
Image 8: McKinlock Court..

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# McKinlock Court..
# [Original] Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room..

Thursday, May 27, 2010

AIC: The Lost Pleiade [By Randolph Rogers]

The Lost Pleiade..
By Randolph Rogers [1825-1892]
1874-75 /Marble..
Location: Galleries of American Art - Lower Level
Sculpture Court [Gallery: 161]..

Note the details..
The marker reads..
In creating this sculpture, Randolph Rogers was inspired by the Roman author Ovid's poem "Fasti", which recounts the legend of the seven sisters who lived among the constellations. Merope, the youngest sister, married Sisyphus and hid herself in shame because he was mortal. The sculpture depicts the outcast Merope as she seeks her celestial family. With its unclothe torso, "The Lost Pleiade" is the closest Rogers came to creating a complete nude. Although a general audience would not have understood the reference to Fasti, the title nonetheless reassured Victorian viewers that this partially nude woman had literary antecedence and was thus not intended as an erotic image..

Just to emphasize the details,
I'm posting an enlarged image below..

Although clicking on any image will give an enlarged view..

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AIC: The Hammerman [By Constantin Emile Meunier]

The Hammerman..
By Constantin Emile Meunier [Belgian 1831-1905]
1884 / Bronze..

I find this piece very impressive!
One of my favourites..
Although I'm not very happy with the images of this sculpture, and will try to take better images, but still find it interesting enough to post it..

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AIC: Young Sophocles [By John Donoghue]

Young Sophocles Leading the Chorus of Victory after the Battle of Salamis..
BY: John Donoghue [American 1853-1903]
Bronze.. Modeled 1885, cast 1911
Foundry: Gorham Manufacturing Co. Providence, Rhode Island, founded 1818..

AIC: Miss Expanding Universe [By Isamu Noguchi]

Miss Expanding Universe..
Completed: 1932 / Aluminium..
BY Isamu Noguchi [1904-1988]..

The marker reads..
Born in the United States, Isamu Noguchi lived in Japan until he was 13 years old and was deeply affected by Japanese art and culture. In 1930 the artist returned to Japan to study its sculptural tradition and ceramics. Miss Expanding Universe was the first sculpture Noguchi made upon his return to the United States in 1932. In this work, he combined machine-age streamlining with characteristics of ancient Japanese funerary sculptures [haniwa]. Later the same year, Noguchi transformed this flowing form into a sack like costume for the pioneering dancer and choreographer Ruth page and her ballet "Expanding Universe"..

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AIC: Untitled [Alliance] 2010.. By Roger Hiorns

Untitled [Alliance], 2010..
By Roger Hiorns
EC-135 c aircraft engines, Effexor, Citalopram and Mannitol..

The marker reads..
London based artist Roger Hiorns sculptural objects, installations and performances exploit specific materials to disquieting end, often addressing the symbolic power of culturally "dominant" objects including engines that he extracts from automobiles or airplanes..

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Personal Comment..
A huge part of me, finds it very difficult to accept this as a piece of art.. At least when I visit an Art Institute, this is not what I have on my mind.. And if there is an art museum with lots of pieces like these, I might reconsider visiting that place for a second time.. Thank heavens, that AIC has a rich diversity, with many art-pieces that I generously admire and it gives me more than enough reasons for repeated visits..

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Garfield Park [Lincoln, the Railsplitter - by Charles J. Mulligan]

Lincoln, The Railsplitter
By Charles J. Mulligan

Garfield Park [Robert Burns - by W. Grant Stevenson]

Robert Burns
by W. Grant Stevenson
Dedicated: 1906.
The sculpture was cast in Edinburgh and is a gift of the Robert Burns Memorial Association..
Location: Garfield Park,
Washington Blvd. between Cantral Park and Hamlin boulevards..

A Man's A Man For A' That..
[Is There for Honest Poverty", a 1795 Scot song by Robert Burns]

The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft a-gley..

Pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its blossom is shed..

In fair virtue's heavenly road,
The cottage leaves the palace far behind..

Monday, May 24, 2010

Garfield Park : Idyl - By Lorado Taft

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Idyl - By Lorado Taft..

Idyl - By Lorado Taft..
Location: Garfield Park..

The marker reads..
These "little whimsies... represent care-free maiden and faun-like youth of some remote period as they idle and play in the forests of Arcadia. It was my thought merely to make something graceful and appropiatre for the greenhouse, something that would add to the impressions of fairyland which strikes all visitors in that wonderful place."
Lorado Taft, Sculptor

Idyl - By Lorado Taft..

Idyl - By Lorado Taft..

Idyl - By Lorado Taft..

Idyl - By Lorado Taft..

Idyl - By Lorado Taft..