gainesville’s harn museum of art

If Florida is home or Gainesville is within drive, I would get to the Harn Museum of Art right quick, as some Southerners say. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I visited yesterday. What I found was room after room of exceptional art.

Joseph Konopka’s 1986 acrylic on canvas painting, View from 6th Avenue Between 38th and 39th Streets.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art

Deborah Butterfield’s Rory sculpture from 1992. Butterfield fashioned this mare using steel, scrap metal and other industrial materials.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Deborah Butterfield

Patrick Grigsby creates a photo-like image by puncturing cotton paper sheets painted black.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Patrick Grigsby

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Patrick Grigsby

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Patrick Grigsby

Like Maurice Prendergast? The Harn Museum offers this 1914 oil painting, Idyllic Landscape.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Maurice Prendergast

Photography? This museum has that too.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Photography

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Photography

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Photography

A tapestry that unravels, forming fiber-based drawings? The Harn has got you.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art

Pre-WWII art–this 1935 painting is by Francis Criss.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art

Even works by internationally renown artists like Kehinde Wiley.

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Kehinde Wiley

Gainesville Florida Harn Museum of Art Kehinde Wiley

Admission is free (yes, free). Happy museuming, all.

rainy monday

Had today off–a rainy Monday–so plunked myself on a Blue Line train and exited at Adams and Wabash. The Art Institute (and specifically the Manet exhibit) was my destination. But the permanent collections are such gems.

The Chagall windows. Blue has never looked so pretty.

A 1912 painting by John Sloan–one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art.

Or this 1905 beauty by William James Glackens–you could get lost admiring it.

the elmhurst art museum

You might not guess that a western suburb of Chicago has a cool contemporary art collection, but Elmhurst does.

A large cube that reflects the sky.

Susan Frankel creates energy and patterns in her works.

Various artists contributed their napkin sketches. So ephemeral.

And then a plexiglass installation in Mies Van der Rohe’s McCormick House.

Adult admission for the Elmhurst Art Museum is $15. Enjoy.