The New Modern Wing — Wow!

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The new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago lived up to all the hype and then some. The space is truly amazing. Glass, steel, limestone, blond wood, rooms filled with natural light, fantastic views of Millennium Park, oh and the art. The member preview gave me two hours to wander three floors of gallery space and the stunning outdoor courtyard. It’s a gorgeous space that sets off the artwork in a way that allowed me to appreciate and (gasp!) enjoy modern art in a way I never have before.

Touring the Modern Wing is a real two-fer: a great art experience set in an exciting work of architecture. Walking through the building, I had the same exhilarating feeling I did when I visited the Getty Center in California and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Dynamic spaces that really made an impression.

I took a bunch of photos which I don’t have time to process this evening but hope to share here tomorrow. In the meantime, let me just say to all my friends far and wide who read this blog and have any interest in art/architecture, you really need to consider a return trip to Chicago soon. (Jan, Ruthe, Diana…I’m talkin’ to you!)

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