On one of our days downtown, Mike and I went to check out the Art Institute. The first and second Wednesdays of the month are free for Illinois residents (and Mike still has his Illinois driver’s license). I managed to score a ticket from someone who had just left the museum so I got in for free too! The last time I was there was during my solo visit to Northwestern to check out Kellogg Business School before I applied. I wandered the city, went to a Hubbard Street Dance performance, and rode the Navy Pier ferris wheel with the company of me, myself, and I.
Mainly, we went to the Art Institute for the old time New York photo exhibit which has a special place in my heart. I love the old city photos and all of the Photo League stuff. There’s something amazing about seeing the city you live in as a foreign yet still familiar place. You just get this feeling that…life goes on. People come and go and the city is there, ever changing but ever permanent. The exhibit itself was really small, on the basement floor, and while there were some nice photos, they weren’t as good as I’d seen elsewhere.
The star of our visit was really the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit. If you don’t know his name, you definitely know his art which is synonymous with American pop art. It had really wonderful pieces, here were some of my favorites:
After Lichtenstein’s phase of pop art where he focused on comic strip-type imagery, he played with different subjects but always kept his signature “dot” painting style. I thought this painting of a seascape was really nice, it was done on a clear pane so it felt like you were looking through the glass. Beautiful.
It was a really nice time and just the perfect length of free museum time! We’ve learned that museums are best done in 2-3 hour sessions so you don’t burn out and get art fatigue.