New Discovery, New Perspective 

I started a new job a few weeks ago and had a day off before I started so I decided to wonder around The Art Institute for the morning.  In the past, I usually go there when I am in a crunch on time and end up having to pick only one or two exhibits that I can see.  During this trip I came across a few different pieces that scan a few decades from the 20’s to the 2000’s.  The first piece I loved was this famous Hopper that really hit me when I saw it in person for the first time.  There really is not that much to the painting but I think what I love most about it is the story that you start to build in your head about the characters in it.  The simplicity of the design and color also draws me to it.  The thing about the O’Keefe painting that inspired me to take a picture of it was the large building in New York and all the excitement and possibilities that can/are happening inside that building.  Starting a new job, I have that sparkle of hope for what is to come of my future.  The next print of the girl in her outfit that clashes doing an ordinary thing such as filling up her tank with gas but still looking so glamorous was just striking to me.  I aspire to be that flashy and glamorous everyday but sometimes I just don’t have the  gall (or energy to wear the heels).  Finally, I went to the tapestry section, which they hide in the basement unfortunately.  Velvet was being featured, which is very in style in the fashion world as well and I absolutely loved it.  WOW and this jacket made from velvet was stunning.  Who knew there were so many different variations of velvet and that velvet has actually been such a luxurious fabric for decades.  There were so many cool patterns too spanning decades.  All I could think of was how I wanted a complete jump suit or bell bottom pants in these fabrics.  Oh! I almost forgot but I also went to the Thorne Miniature Rooms (which is also in the basement) and this was so fun.  Unfortunately, I was so distracted by these rooms I forgot to take a picture.  Some were decorated for Christmas and you couldn’t believe the detail.  I never thought of this as art before but it certainly is.  The different interior design styles over decades and spanning nationalities and cultures was incredibly interesting so see.  Even today home decor really draws from the spectrum.

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