Spurlock museum gives insight on the world’s cultures.
written by Allison Spillane
Okay, so let’s get one thing straight: I love museums. Being a suburb kid, almost every class trip meant taking the train into the city to visit the art institute or the field museum. I grew up in a family where every summer vacation would involve wandering around beautifully constructed spaces chock-full of new information and ideas. Another thing we should probably clear up is that I live in Allen Hall. As in the corner of Gregory and Dorner. As in a single block south of the spurlock museum, a delightful cultural museum. Not a three minute walk from those doors, and I didn’t know it existed? I was pretty dumbfounded.
I had another opportunity this week to trek around the Krannert Art Museum. I got to explore the “Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession”. Immediately as I walked into this eggshell white room, I was overwhelmed by the array of different ceramics but all in this rich, beautiful Mediterranean blue.
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.
The guitar player, Marcus Tardelli, came to the city of Champaign-Urbana for the first time and performed a variety of phenomenal guitar pieces. He was a natural talent, and played upbeat, emotional, and calming music so gracefully with his smooth fingers. The atmosphere was different than anything I had been to before. The guitar and the music streaming from it had the eyes and attention of every audience member. The public was mesmerized by the notes, the performance, and the passion of the musician. It was a giant, elegant hall filled with eager crowds, however, there was no chit chatting. Just fascinated eyes and open ears. It was unique and varied from music within my home because of the radiating high energy and passion. If I were to listen music at home, I’d most likely multitask and listen to the music, but mostly keep my focus on the activity at hand. However, in this engaging environment the sounds were the focus. Everyone was engulfed in the emotion and the culture of the music opposed to daily tasks and distractions. Also, in my household I tend to listen to the most popular hits or what’s trending, whereas at this event I got the opportunity to listen to a lot of different cultural music that was popular in other countries. I enjoyed that because I wouldn’t normally be exposed to much diversity in the musical world. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t have had access to in the comfort of my own, I’m glad I had the opportunity to take part in this performance at Krannert.