Written by Alyssa Pappas
Chicago has had a very cultural as well as family aspect in my life. This personal experience of mine, can be related to throughout the artwork in the Chicago exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum.
This first piece of work really caught my eye for some reason. Maybe it was because of the dramatic contrast between the colors in the piece, or the skulls in the background. Yet, it was the first thing my attention was brought to when going to the exhibit. When I took a closer look at it, in the description, it said that the artist attended the Illinois Institute of Technology. This was the school in which my dad attended. It was a little connection like this that brought me closer to this amazing piece of art.
This next piece really caught my eye because I was just curious on what it was and what it meant. When examining further into it it was called ‘Around the World’ and was meant to represent the different cultures in Chicago from around the world. This had a personal connection to me because it made me think of my grandparents, and how they came from two completely different cultures when they met in a dance hall after immigrating to the United States.
Another piece of artwork that I felt emulated the feel of different culture coming together was this one. This piece had a personal connection to me because my family if a combination of two completely different cultures/ethnicities, yet we all come together to make one tight nit community. This was how I interpreted this piece in my own perspective.
Throughout this exhibit, I was reminded of my culture and of my family. I saw little connections to my personal life in these paintings, that only I would have seen. This was what made viewing this exhibit so impactful to me because I know that no one else could’ve had the same perspective as me and that is one of the many things that I love about art.