February 23, 2010

The Modern Wing

So I finally visited the Modern Wing of the Chicago Institute of Art (also known as the 'tute) with my partner-in-crime Chelcie. Included are a few random photos from our adventure.

Overall I found the design of the building more impressive than the majority of the art inside, though I'll have to admit a profound level of ignorance when it comes to most "movements" in the modern art world. There were some great pieces (mostly in the American section, to be honest), but by the time we got to the last chunk of galleries there was a bit of sensory overload. The pictures posted here are either some of the random pieces that I liked, or examples of Chelcie and I exhibiting utterly disgraceful behavior for patrons of such a hallowed institution.

No fun in the Modern Wing, for pete's sake!

I would have liked to see more "applied" works, like the interpretations of furniture, architecture, products, and every day objects. It seemed most things were paintings or basic wall-mounted art.

There were, of course, about a million instances between Chelcie and I of, "well, I could have done that..." Though in general we forced ourselves to admit that these pieces weren't necessarily about "skill" in the traditional sense of the word. 

I did find it really lame that 9 out of every 10 items were called "Untitled" or "Untitled (insert a subtitle that could have easily just been the pieces title)" or "Untitled (insert year the thing was made)." For god's sake, just call your shit something.

Also, the film/photography/new media wing was not open for some reason. That's the area I'd like to see most, honestly. I guess I'll have to save that for a visit in the Spring or Summer....

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