Art and Frostbite

Chicago: Day 3

And having answered so I turn once more to those who

sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer

and say to them:

Come and show me another city with lifted head singing

so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.

Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on

job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the

little soft cities;”


Carl Sandburg “Chicago”


Today we got a glimpse of a slightly different side of the city: it's artsy side. after wandering for a while directly in front of the building we were searching for, we saw photography from Africa and "Mars" at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (housed in a very nondescript building patrolled by a friendly and personal-space violating man in multiple coats).

The Convention Center on the other hand is huge and stately from the outside and even more beautiful within, all 360 degrees of its interior covered in tiny mosaic glass tiles spelling out quotes on the power of books and magical designs. 

The Vivian Maier exhibit is absolutely wonderful! Her work, which was just discovered and is displayed completely unedited, captures so much character and life that you feel sucked into another black and white world that's somehow more colorful than our own. Her snapshots reminded me of those tiny moments in between the lines of life that really give each day and month and year its flavor. 

Following the sound of live piano music to the top floor of the Center, topped with a beautiful stained glass dome and panoramic view of the waterfront park, we began a photo adventure that led us oustside and around the city. We were enthralled by a structure in the park resembling a large, metallic lima bean. And we took pictures until our fingers were too frozen with frost to push the shutter button.

Tomorrow is my last full day here, we'll see what the Chicago Art Institute has in store for us. 



To see lots more of of photographic escapades, check out:

Chicago flikr album.


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