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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Gloria J Zucaro's "A trip to the Art Institute"

This is my very early post to Paint Party Friday, as I have a busy schedule for the rest of the week.  I am cleaning out & organizing to get my house ready to sell this Fall.

Last Saturday I went to the Art Institute of Chicago with 3 other artist friends.  I drove as I always do and would not have gone if not for having friends who always go to “the city”!  As you know I am a “country girl” and struggle with the parking and street direction issues in the city.  I would much prefer a drive out into areas with fields of corn and old barns.  However, it is good that friends suggest these adventures to me.  Two of the ladies who went had memberships, so the other two of us got in free as guests.  The exhibit was outstanding.  In glass cases there were actual gowns from the times of Renoir, Sargent, Tissot, Mary Cassatt, Manet, Monet, etc.  There were 75 paintings by artists depicting the beautiful gowns in scenes as if the gowns themselves were portraits.  In one gallery setting the floor was covered in artificial grass and there were park benches to sit on, and “birds” were tweeting!  That was the Plein Air room, of course!  It was really a very wonderful exhibit!  I suggest you all go to see it.  This is the last stop in the tour and has been extended until Sept 29, I believe. 


Even though the “Café” was closed they were serving really good lunch items on the third floor of the Modern Wing in “Terzo Piano”.  The head chef is award winning Tony Mantuano.  His team was serving modern Italian cuisine in a room with huge windows where we could see all the people entering for Lollapalooza. 
   
When we left the parking garage ,a bonus, the other three paid my share of the parking fee.  Thank you, Ladies!   But, I made a mistake, due to street closures from Lollapalooza and I drove us home by Sheridan Rd. and Willow instead of 90 & 53!  It was more scenic, and I pretended that I did it on purpose because of the construction lane closures on the highway.

The next special exhibit starting November 3 is called American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine.




27 comments:

  1. I am a country girl, too, but sometimes it is important to leave the house and visit some art galleries. Every time I have got some inspiration which I use though I don't know when or where that idea has come.
    And the best is to go together friends.
    Have much power for this week and greetings from Finland, Uuna

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    1. You are right, the more we see, the more we will bring to our art. I enjoyed your blog post this week, too.

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  2. I really enjoyed this trek with you! Very nice to visit such a dynamic art exhibit. Sounds like a fabulous time...It's always fun with a group of women and doing lunch was a bonus... Glad you had fun!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Thank you for your comment on my blog last Friday for PPF. With trying to clean out my house for selling, I can't seem to keep up with my visit to other peoples blogs!
      I really enjoyed your post this week, too. What a great gathering of Goddesses! Your card is so beautiful and heartfelt. Thanks for the introductions and the pictures of a inspiring group a ladies.

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  3. Sounds like you had a really good time. Love the idea of the park benches ....

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  4. sounds like a wonderful trip you had, and even better with good friends!

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    1. Good friends always make things better. Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. I saw this exhibit but didn't have enough time to really delve in. I've heard that there are some amazing sketch books on display that I don't want to miss! I think I'll go back, so if you'd like a return visit, let me know ;)

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    1. Yes,Ann, in the cases, and a digital display where you just touch the screen to turn the pages.

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  6. What a wonderful day, thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome. Thanks for taking a look.

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  7. That sounds like a lot of fun! I love art museums too. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you,Arnoldo. Thank you for visiting.

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  8. OH love the Art Institute, love going to Chicago if only for a long weekend....not in the cards this year. The new wing is fantastic though and all of Priztker park. xox

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    1. Yes, the Modern wing is so "cool" in feeling and structure! I hope you are able to come in soon. The next exhibit sounds/looks interesting, too.

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  9. Sounds like a fun excursion. I would have loved to be along.

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    1. thank you, Faye for your visit to my blog. Have a good week!

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  10. What fun to explore the Art Institute! Scenic drives are even better! Happy PPF!

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    1. yes, both can be very inspiring. I am going to the Chicago CREATE workshops the third week in August, so hope to get some time to spend on journaling and using my Gelli papers.

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful exhibition and like you had a wonderful day! <3

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    1. We did, thank you for visiting. have a good week.

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  12. Even though I lived most of my life in NYC and environs - I so love the peace and beauty of my more rural home in beaufort, sc. I often have to be dragged to the more bustling areas - but there is enjoyment in the city too. Sounds like a fun and worthwhile trip.

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    1. Hi, you are right. I did enjoy the trip to the city with my artist friends. Thanks for your comment.

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  13. Gloria, this sounds like a wonderful day. I would have loved to see the exhibit. Have a good week!

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    1. thank you,Ginny, for taking the time to comment. I looked at you PPF entry, too, and think "what if?" is a great idea.

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful exhibition. I would love the chance to see those gowns and sit on the park bench but I am in Australia!

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    1. You are welcome to stay with me anytime! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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