Thank you for your hospitality, Chicago
Whenever I go to Chicago, I make it a point to go the Museum of Contemporary Photography. However, this past weekend when I was there, the museum was closed for installation. I had limited time on this trip, so I had to resort to photographs mostly hung in hotels and restaurants. If you can get past the bad lighting and reflective surfaces, here are some images that I came across.
I had asked our waiter who the photographer was for the above images, and he said “You know, everyone asks me that. But I never got a straight answer from anyone that works here.”
This past weekend was the Chicago Marathon. There were these photo stations where participants could take photographs of themselves against these screens. Not exactly fine art, but I can appreciate the interactive aspect.
Four monitors nestled in a grid of a cityscape.
What I got out of this study of images is that the hospitality/service industry likes to remind you where you are. They love black & white images, as well as historical images that describe the city or place.
Fortunately, I did manage to squeeze in a trip to the Sullivan Galleries at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which included works by Jeanne Dunning, Roger Brown, faculty and students.