December 27, 2010 – Song 53

Yesterday I was s l a y e d by the Art Institute of Chicago. Standing in the new Modern Wing looking out over Millennium Park I was so Chitown proud that when I got home I couldn’t think of anything but this:

Long, long ago I spent a lot of time in that building…but haven’t really been there in years. Now there’s one thing about 2010 I really like! Back in the day when I went to school there and left class after dark I would walk the long creepy ass way home down Monroe with my keys through my fingers. Back then there was no Millennium Park just giant stories deep holes in the ground littered with garbage and unused train tracks: AKA where they would find the body in the morning. I still remember seeing the original drawings for the park and everyone in the room saying, “So it’s just like a giant bean?” But more on that some other day. It’s fucking cold out man, let’s stay inside. Song 53.

In honor of the massively badass current Modern Wing exhibit HYPERLINKS here is a boatload of ‘em. Wow, it so worth checking out, times a gillion.

http://www.dwell.com/articles/zoe-ryan-on-hyperlinks-exhibit-at-aic.html

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

This changes based on the wind outside
http://www.simonheijdens.com/

This is so simple it’s genius. Bikes!
http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/01/16/stay-outta-my-lane/

This one you just have to walk up to in person
http://www.lozano-hemmer.com/the_company_of_colours.php

These short films also blew my whole mindhole:
Chicago-Scope: The Films of Tom Palazzolo, 1967–1976
On Thursday January 6th at 6pm there is a talk with the artist.
http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/exhibition/palazzolo

If you are pissed about the side streets not being plowed than seeing the restored Chagall windows in a room full of miniature versions of some of our greatest public sculptures might be just the thing to take the edge off. Either that or you are crazy for scale too!

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/10/chagall-windows-return-to-art-institute.html

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