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.

trooping the colour

Posters from the 1920s and 30s–it’s hard to get enough of them. The mother of Chicago museums (the Art Institute of Chicago) currently has an exhibit titled “Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground.” Good stuff and plenty to admire.

This 1939 lithograph by Charles Mozley is a patriotic announcement.

Other posters feature pastoral destinations.

And this one promises summer sales by the umbrella full. Happy summer.

sneaky delightful

Murals–I love them in just about any setting. From big city boulevards to unnoticed corners of small towns, I will put it in park to admire a great mural. Especially one that incorporates bright colors. I was buzzing down Chicago Avenue in the West Town neighborhood last month and–BOOM–this.

Muralist Louise Jones aka Ouizi is responsible for this treasure titled “West Town in Bloom.” Developed in collaboration with Chicago Truborn Gallery, West Town Chamber of Commerce, and West Town Bakery and Diner, this mural has massive scale. It’s the most surprising experience to experience sunflowers that easily measure more than six feet tall. From any angle, this is a great mural. It’s sneaky delightful.

Ouizi is a Detroiter, so if you visit the Motor City, you’re in luck. Detroit is home to 40 of Ouizi’s murals, many of which are memorialized in photos here.