Highlighting the artworks from Chicago-based artists, the exhibition, Between the buildings, unfolds the stories and spirits buried in history. The historical background of Between the buildings is interesting. In last century Chicago, many artists working in isolation, producing creativity, diversity, and personal aesthetics. However, the artists could hardly find opportunities to exhibit their works. Thus they collectively exhibit with students in art schools, forming the idea of Chicago School.
Living in a community where there are so many people unlike yourself can be hard. However, having the same drive to be great and see beauty in the world around you is what brings the people of Chicago together.
By: Deja Cook- Reynolds
After attending the Krannert Art Museum’s Chicago exhibit, I was quite confused on what I was looking at. All the art was so different, but in a way; they had to be similar, right? Although, in order to understand the art around me, I had to dig deep and find out what Chicago meant to me. Was it just a place where people lived, or was it more than that? But people can live anywhere I said to myself, so what made Chicago “so special”. It was the fact that Chicago is composed of so many different type of people. People that work together to build a community that is special to them, without losing the core of Chicago’s traditions, the music, food, and community where people can let go, be themselves, and have fun!
So when, I was looking at the art work; I saw the fun and the beauty of Chicago. I saw the picture of the different communities painted in the images. They all captured different things, but indeed the theme was the same, the beauty of life Chicago, striving to live in the moment and not to be afraid of the journey or the people you might meet while you are there.
I think the artists tried to represent the passion, hustle, and chaos of the city with their illustrations of masses of people and vibrant colors. In one of the paintings they showcased all of the city’s people walking in a crowded downtown area. It was unique because each and every person was dressed in something unique and bold. I liked that painting the most because it really represented all the different cultures emerging in the city. One of the reasons I like cities like Chicago so much is because of the diversity they bring and the different cultural influences they have throughout the city. I thought this painting did a good job of showing the diversity with the different apparel choices and through the different directions everyone is headed. Other paintings focused on the skyscrapers and exhibited the beautiful architecture of the Windy City. I loved how modern and state-of-the-art, yet realistic all of the buildings looked. I think the combination of the skyscrapers and hustling people paint a good picture of the hustling life of the city. It’s a beautiful city with endless opportunities, but filled with an array of people from all different backgrounds that are all restless and ambitious to make something out of the assets supplied to them in this magical place. I drew my own illustration of my vision of the sun rising over the city, but the residents are already up moving. They are on their way to make their impact and mark on this city before the sun has even risen over these skyscrapers. It’s a city of art, ambition, and an array of residents with different backgrounds.
Being raised in the city of Chicago, you begin to pick up on the colors that the city begins to depict. The sound of late night trains screeching to a stop and the feeling of a current bouncing in between two large buildings is unique to the city.