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Chicago Summer Events

Posted by Janet on July 4, 2008

Hope everyone’s having a happy July 4th weekend. I’ve been doing some sightseeing in the Chicago area the last couple days and coincidentally ran into lots of anatomy-inspired art.

First, the Chicago Cultural Center is showcasing artworks on the theme of orthopedic surgery in an exhibit called “eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art” through July 20. The Chicago Cultural Center is located on 78 E. Washington Street within a block from Millennium Park.

Above: The exhibit via camera phone
Below: One of my favorite pieces from the exhibit–two bodies sculpted from a wire frame mesh.

Another place to check out is the Museum of Contemporary Art. To be honest, I was not a big fan of most exhibits at the museum, but “History of the Main Complaint” by William Kentridge caught my attention. This is a short film that takes the audience into the world of a man in a coma. Sometimes you are merely an outsider observing this man’s condition, and other times you take journeys into his anatomy and his subconscious. The artist created the film by drawing a scene, and then erasing and redrawing the scene to animate it. Both the film and the scene drawings are on display on the third floor. (By the way, you can get into the museum for free with three other people if you check out a museum pass from any Chicago public library. Even though it’s called “Kraft Great Kids Museum Pass,” you don’t even need to bring kids.)

Finally, I just wanted to point out that Kooza–Cirque du Soleil is in Chicago until August 24. I went to see it today and it was awesome. Look out for the skeleton costumes after intermission!

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