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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Chicago Art Institute

I love that place. Yesterday, I got to see the Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper exhibits.

They're a good pair. Both could see into a scene, capturing essentials of light. Amazing to see Homer's Canadian scenes -- then tropical islands! And I love the way Hopper surrounds every object and person with a stillness of space.

When I was in high school, sometimes I would skip school to ride the old Chicago and Northwestern commuter train (now the Metra) downtown to go the Art Institute. My home room teacher was Mr. Misunas, and also taught art. Once, when I told him I'd skipped school to go look at Impressionists, he excused the absence.

1 comment:

Thomas Cray said...

You must be from Waukegan. I used to do the same thing! I never tried that excuse out on Everett Misunas, though. What a great idea :-)

Mr. Misunas passed away in 2003. I have a piece of his on my living room wall and treasure it, along with my memories of freshman year in his class at Waukegan East HS.