Posts Tagged ‘Art Institute of Chicago’

It’s Thursday again, time for Thursday Doors, brought to you this week as every week by our Norm, our Montreal doorman. Even though sick, he managed to share a unique door today. Thanks for your resolve, Norm, and feel better soon.

This the last of my doors and drawers from our pre-Christmas visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. There’s a variety of shapes and styles, so something should appeal to everyone. Which is your favorite?

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for One Word Sunday: Culture

I promised that we’d complete our walk through the Beyond Bauhaus weaving exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, so let’s get going. (Here’s the link to the prior post if you missed it.) There are some very fine (as opposed to coarse) weavings as well as another one of the ones that remind me of a waterfall. You’re welcome to stop and look whenever you like. Except for the last one, these depend not so much on color as on texture and shadow.

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Last week’s doors and drawers from the Art Institute of Chicago were on the simple yet beautiful side. This week we’re going upscale and fancy. In both cases, the workmanship is quite something. (These days, do I have to say “workpersonship?”) You also have to have a large room for any one of these pieces.

for Thursday Doors

While my daughter and I wandered through the Art Institute of Chicago recently, I was on the lookout for doors and I found lots of them. I offer them for you today, especially for Norm and Dan as well as any other woodworkers.

I’ll be on the road or in Philadelphia until Tuesday, taking a last load of our daughter’s things to her before we move, so I don’t know how much I’ll be online. But I always appreciate your thoughts and I’ll respond eventually.

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Today you’ll be happy to be doing a virtual walk, as this walk was cold and windy, windy being a trademark of Chicago, and as I’m writing this, it’s also cold and windy. But you don’t even have to bundle up, whereas this poor lion in front of the Art Institute of Chicago was wearing nothing but a wreath. (He’s even blue with cold!) The enormous line of people waiting were bundled up a lot more.

We’ve seen part of the weaving exhibit at the musuem, but today we’re going to venture around the environs of the museum, heading toward The Bean, more formally known as Cloud Gate, in Millennium Park. But first let’s take a look at Crown Fountain, where the faces change regularly in all seasons, but no water comes out in winter. Wonder why? 🙂

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It’s grey and cold outside, so let’s take a walk indoors, inside the Art Institute of Chicago to the Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus exhibit. (If you click on the link, you can see a wonderful creation that I couldn’t photograph well. Worth the click.) And you can read a bit more about the exhibit, the movement, and the weavers here.

But if you just want to walk, you’ll find some fascinating and unusual uses of weaving, starting with this first one. I can’t even imagine the amount of time and material this took, to say nothing of a very large studio area!

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