Posts Tagged ‘Art Institute of Chicago’

Oh, Snap!

August 14, 2009

Yes, the Art Institute of Chicago Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing has been getting all the buzz, and for good reasons: Increasing the gallery space by a massive third? Check! Introducing state-of-the-art technology to maximize the use of light while protecting the artwork of direct sunlight? Check! Showcasing formerly stored masterpieces that position the Art Institute alongside some of the world’s most formidable collections? Check!

But what about the museum goers?

The Art Institute, in collaboration with NBC5, sponsored the Modern Wing Photo Contest to encourage photographers to explore an aspect (both on literal and figuratively plains) that has been missing from the media hoopla and the check-out-this-angle photographs put forth by the AIC’s own talented team of photographers.

The winner was Jungyul Yu, whose work truly captured the spark generated by the interaction of the visitors with the museum’s architecture. Eschewing the rather tempting trap of architectural visualization for a more organic and energetic approach of capturing the hustle-and-bustle of the new wing, Yu has produced an image that is simply and truly refreshing.

Congratulation to Yu and the three runner-ups: Kayo Takasugi, Ricardo Phillips, and Elliot Mandel.

Love it or hate it? Cast your vote on their Facebook page.


The winning image by Jungyul Yu


Me, Myself, and Art.

July 14, 2008

While the country is concerned with the war in Iraquistan, the economic regression, the President’s lifting of the ban on offshore grilling, and Miss USA‘s impressively consistent record of flashing her samosa, people are losing sight of the truly important issue facing us this summer: How to make me happy. While I know that it may seem like I have it all–from mink lashes to pearly white dentures–I am just human too, and like most humans I am craving the most basic and natural thing, the one thing that people of all ages (especially 28-35), sizes (especially S-M), genders (especially Male), and body types (especially Athletic-Lean) crave and want and desire: to spend more time with me.

So in an effort to treat myself to a wonderful evening with myself, I decided to take myself out to one place that I knew would make me happy: a mirror store. But it was closed. So off I went to the next best thing: The Art Institute’s Evening Associates shingding-dong at the John Hancock Tower. It was a fantastic opportunity to see what the best of Chicago’s galleries (especially those located outside of River North and even Pilsen) have to offer for this summer: The Post-War works on paper and sculpture at Valerie Carberry, the latest round of Alex Katz at Richard Gray, and the Modern and Contemporary pieces at KN Gallery. While all galleries were united by the one thing that would have made them that much better: paintings of me, the exhibits were thoroughly enjoyable. Following the reception, the fiesta moved to the Signature Room, where a delicious (if carb-laden) gourmet hors-d’oeuvres buffet awaited attendees. Alongside the silent auction of couture dresses and designer handbags, I got to enjoy the variety of non-me’s all around me, and, of course–the fireworks. The best part of the night? When the windows’s tinted surfaces turned reflective and showed me the one thing that I know can always make me happy: me.

For more me, me, me, be sure to go HERE and read all about my musings about how difficult it is to be me. Don’t feel bad for me, though, the effort is totally worth it.

Best Things Come in Pairs

July 9, 2008

Okay, so now that the Summer has officially begun (at least by Chicago’s standards—grouchy, I know, but I can’t help it—I moved her from the Deep South where 80 degrees is a brisk Fall day), it is time to whip out two things (well, three if you’re a guy, but enough talk about fat, thick, oversize wallets, that’s what studilicious Tom Kolovos fashion blog is for, and if you really want to talk “size” then you may want to check out Marcus “Boom Boom” Riley’s and Jon “Hose You Down” Ibrahim’s posts. But yeah. Wait, so where was I? Oh, yeah, things to pull out (I almost lost track there—it tends to happen a lot—I go off on a tangent all the time, I feel that it helps me explore my darker side, but not literally “darker”; I mean, darker as in “hot damn, I’m digging the dim lighting in your crib” not as in “Everyone saw Eric’s ‘darker side’ when he bent over to pick up the soap bar in the shower”, that stuff would be wrong). So yeah. Darker. Wait, what? Oh yeah, TWO THINGS TO PULL OUT: sun tan lotion (yes, even when you’re going to a baseball game with Rikki Greenberg or rocking it out with hotstuff rocker Fayth ), and a c-a-l-e-n-d-a-r!

Why el calendario? Well, for starters, two major shenanigans that I will most defiliciously brag about this week (other than my ability to fake a Chinese accent when I’m approached for money on the street—a rare skill which is totally going on my resume, for the record) that will once again set me apart from the rest of the peons this week: The first is The Art Institute of Chicago’s A Signature Event for Evening Associates this Wednesday, July 9th at 6:00-9:30pm at the John Hancock Center (not to be confused with Will Smith’s Hancock Travesty), which will have members previewing the goods at Valerie Carberry Gallery (a personal fave, representing John Storrs—see left), KN Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, followed by a silent auction by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and drinks & hors d’oueuvres at the Signature Room. To purchase tickets make sure you go here.

The second event, taking place at the mega-ultra swanky Shangri-La Hotel this Thursday, July 10th from 6-8pm celebrates the launching of Managed Futures Advisors, Inc., headed by Streetteam’s own extraordinaire Amanda Hunt. To get more info or RSVP, be sure to email Both events guarantee an amazing opportunity to mingle with Chicago’s elite from both the financial and artistic scenes. So now that you’ve gotten your tan, your calendar, and oh yeah—your checkbook, make sure to indulge in this week’s only must-have’s for the cognoscenti.

To continue indulging in all things fine and refined, check out my blog later this week to read reviews and catch a glimpse (or ten) of the fun that I know will ensue.