Chicago: An Art Form

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Written By: Fatimah Ibidunni

Exploring arts and creativity in Chicago

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HAPPY HOMECOMING WEEK ILLINI! While this week has been more than a hectic one with back to back exams and work, I was able to make some time to stop by the Krannert art museum. Throughout the semester the Between The Buildings collection is being featured. This collection features artwork from Chicago artists from the 1930’s through the 1980’s.

Walking into the gallery and viewing all of the artwork I became mesmerized by all of the abstract and figurative paintings that were featured. Walking around the gallery I tried to look at each painting individually to analyze what was going on in each. This was no easy task because in art interpretation is different for everyone. I am always curious to understand if it Is it truly possible to capture entirely what the artist’s intentions were without actually being able to speak to them? My interpretation in comparison to the artist may be two different things. While people say that is okay, it makes me wonder are we truly understanding the artist’s work without understanding clearly the vision that they had it.

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It was very interesting to see how unique each of the paintings was in the gallery. Each artist created something that was embedded in their own experience. While some of the artwork seemed dark and uncomfortable, others feel bright and pleasant. This itself shows how diverse Chicago is alone. From the different neighborhoods to the different communities and blend of cultures. This difference amongst artist backgrounds was seen in the gallery. Putting all the different perspectives of Chicago into one gallery was a fantastic way to showcase the diversity of the city.

I definitely enjoyed my time walking around and viewing the art in the Krannert Art Museum. If you have time I highly recommend you to stop by and check it out in your free time!

 

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