Yesterday, we masked up...
...and headed down to Chicago! There's a busy month ahead before Kate heads to Scotland, and we've begun crossing a few "do before departure" things off the list.
When I recently read that The Purple Pig was opening their dining room again (at 50% capacity), the deal was sealed. I've had Bisa Butler: Portraits at The Art Institute of Chicago on my list for a while, and we got Monet and Chicago as a bonus! At first, we talked about a quick overnight trip, but instead decided on an even quicker day-trip, and on a weekday in order to avoid crowds as much as possible.
We timed our arrival to coincide with the restaurant's open and had a great lunch. It was my first time to The Purple Pig since they moved (almost two years ago!) into a larger space. We'd been visiting the old location (practically next door) on nearly every visit to Chicago since we discovered it, so I was happy to return!
From there, we walked down to the AIC, where we flashed our digital tickets, which I'd purchased in advance, including the special ticket required for Monet. Upon entry, we could join a "virtual waiting list" for the special/popular exhibits, including Bisa Butler, as the museum was limiting the number of people allowed in each at any given time. We received text updates and finally a notification that we were at the head of the line!
The Monet exhibit was great... I learned a lot about his history with Chicago and collectors there, and I took a few photos.
Bisa Butler: Portraits did it for me, though. It was absolutely stunning...
The exhibit runs until early September, and I think I'm going to have to return.
There is just so much to see in every piece!
I was struck by the man's suit, above, and how nearly every element of it was a different fabric...
...the sometimes subtle, sometimes not so subtle differences in background fabric(s).
And they way she uses them is just breathtaking...
I loved how each section of this striped background fabric was quilted in a different way. A couple of stripes that are intersected by the figures are quilted differently above and below.
The scale and subject of some of the prints is just crazy... in a good way!
I was fascinated with the way things were pieced...
...and how shadows would be created with piecing, or by adding a sheer layer over a print. The "movement" and dimension -- especially in the large-scale prints -- in all of it -- sort of blew my mind.
And also SHOES!
Even the bottom of this shoe... (not to mention every other little thing!)
So many details.
There were only two entrances to Millenium Park open -- on the Michigan Avenue side -- and Cloudgate was barricaded, as well...
...which was weird but also beautiful.