Situated on a sunny street in downtown San Jose is the Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Quirky awesome was my instinct. The museum’s collections deliver on both counts.
A costumed Marie Antoinette in unconventional fabric.
A kimono fashioned from fused glass photo decals and copper wire. The photos are of the artist’s family members.
Larger than life-size textile sculptures.
There are also chromogenic prints from Robin Lesser and Adrienne Pao.
Well worth the visit and admission price, which is $8.
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.
Deborah Butterfield’s Rory sculpture from 1992. Butterfield fashioned this mare using steel, scrap metal and other industrial materials.
Patrick Grigsby creates a photo-like image by puncturing cotton paper sheets painted black.
Like Maurice Prendergast? The Harn Museum offers this 1914 oil painting, Idyllic Landscape.
Photography? This museum has that too.
A tapestry that unravels, forming fiber-based drawings? The Harn has got you.
Pre-WWII art–this 1935 painting is by Francis Criss.
Even works by internationally renown artists like Kehinde Wiley.
Admission is free (yes, free). Happy museuming, all.
Chicago’s suburbs–there is Park Forest, Forest Park, Oak Forest, Lake Forest. (So many forests.) And on the western edge of River Forest sits the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History. A smallish museum in a grand building.
You can read about native birds and trees. Free admission for those looking for an complimentary place to learn.
A few blocks from my apartment building is Cicero Fire House No. 2, built in 1898 and reborn in 2017 as the Oak Park River Forest Museum.
If you’re curious about local history and those who built the cities of Oak Park and River Forest, this is a fun visit.
There is a parade of Boy Scout figures fashioned by folk artist John Hagensick.
And a painting by Edwin Reed Hemingway that was found crumpled under a house porch.
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.
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.
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.