So far, my trips to the Art Institute have gone along themes:

1) With [livejournal.com profile] sketchyheart: mostly sculpture and Asian art, along with Shiva (which I dropped my light meter on). Some wandering through the loop of paintings.
2) With my mom: mostly impressionist art. Did the giant loop of paintings, touched on some American art.
3) By myself: mostly photography, and the medieval weaponry (it's in storage now, so I can no longer show people the Gun Targe and the spearcaneswordgun. Pah!)
4) With [livejournal.com profile] euthymic: Loop of paintings, modern art (which we criticized for fun), and the Dali-Picasso-etc. section.
5) With Joe: Lots of sculpture and cultural pottery, followed by Uncomfortable Furniture Through the Ages. There were even random bits of furniture where there'd never been furniture before, like with the dadaist stuff.

My conclusions are as follows: the Art Institute morphs into completely random things depending on who you're with, occasionally bordering on the completely anthropological; the Art Institute gets larger with every visit (this is less of a revelation given the fact that they just added an entire other wing, but goshdarnit it's not even open yet and there were still dozens of rooms I hadn't ever seen before). Also, note of advice: don't try to get into the museum with a pineapple. It doesn't work.

The Grave Guardian Beast is still my favourite, though. I hope they don't ever put him in storage.
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From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com


What's a Gun Targe? The spearcaneswordgun sounds amazing. I would love the medieval weaponry section, so sad it's in storage!

I remember when I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I spent a large chunk of time in the weaponry section, gazing lovingly at the katanas, bows, pikes, and other shiny beautiful implements of choppy-slicy death.

From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com


A Gun Targe is basically what the name implies. It's a small shield, but instead of a spike in the middle like most have, it has a gun sticking out of it. I'm not entirely clear how one fires the gun, since most people don't keep a shield over their fist or something, but it surprises me that more defensive weaponry didn't have, well, guns in them. I tried to find a picture of it, but so far I've been unsuccessful.

From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com


Oh! No I think I've seen one of those. ...I just didn't know what a "targe" was. Obviously my years of membership in the Whitman Medieval Society have done nothing for me.

From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com


If it makes you feel any better, I only know what a targe is because of FFX. I think that might be more embarrassing than not knowing.

From: [identity profile] jabberwockeyes.livejournal.com


When it comes to encyclopedic museums in cities like Chicago or NY, I liked to spend a long time in one section. There's just no way to do it all (like the Met).

THe Modern Wing will create 30% exhibition space which is pretty awesome when you consider how much is already available.


From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com


I think I never really grasped how much stuff was there because usually I take people to go look at the paintings and by the time we're done with that it's time to go eat or something. I'm really looking forward to the modern wing now.

And by the way, I still feel bad that I didn't stop and talk when I randomly passed you on the street a few weeks ago, but I was epically late for a meeting. (Such a lame, lame excuse. And it was a boring meeting, too. Le sigh.)
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