Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Art Institute of Chicago!

I was in Chicago last weekend and after hearing about the children's book The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone, I really, really wanted to go see the exhibit of the 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms while I was there, which is at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Much to my surprise, directly across from that exhibit was a second cool exhibit on picture book illustrators! Including Peter McCarty's Jeremy Draws a Monster, which I brought to my Chicago host's son last year when I visited!

The exhibit is called Everyday Adventures Growing Up: Art from Picture Books. In addition to Mr. McCarty (who I have been in love with ever since Little Bunny on the Move), it also featured works by Nancy Carlson and Timothy Basil Ering (the illustrator of The Tale of Despereaux.) Of course there were pieces of original art on the walls, including a few pieces (not original) stuck down near the floor on transfer paper so children could walk right up to Henry (from Henry in Love) or other characters. There were 3 child-sized tables with 6 little stools around them for each of the three illustrators, and each had 6 books affixed to it (some duplicates) with strong Velcro. I found some fantastic new picture books, and the fun and bizarrely drawn The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone will find its way into my collection very, very soon. Don't Let the Peas Touch! is a message that resonates with me to this day (I have been known to prop up my plate on a spoon or knife to keep the pea juice on its side of the plate). Finn Throws a Fit will be a perfect book for the aforementioned lucky little boy in Chicago who gets books from me (and is currently obsessed with weather, which is featured heavily in Finn.)
So, if any children's book junkies are in Chicago anytime in the next six months, the 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms is a permanent exhibit, but the Children's illustration exhibit is up through November 28, 2010.


Kathy said...

You lucky duck!! I LOVE the Art Institute! When I was in college we used to go when it was free (I think they had a free evening each week). Did you have any Ferris Bueller flashbacks?

Carin Siegfried said...

Oh yes! I made sure to go by The Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, which Cameron stares at.

Kristen said...

Sounds like a very cool visit. And I knew there was much about us that was weirdly similar but I also hate it when juice from one thing leaches into something else on my plate. Actually, my sister gave me bone china divided plates one Christmas because it is a family joke that I hate having seperate foods touching.

Carin Siegfried said...

I have been given a divided plate as a gift/joke too but mine was plastic with dinosaurs!

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

That is my favorite museum! I am going in October, so I will probably miss the little rooms exhibit. Too bad, it looks wonderful.

Carin Siegfried said...

no, the 68 Miniature Rooms is a permanent exhibit! It'll still be there. Go in the main entrance (not the Modern wing) and you go downstairs. It's very easy to find.