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Chicago: Museum Exhibits during the Fall of 2003

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An October 2003 trip to Chicago by wildhoney269

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Quote: Chicago, Illinois has some of the finest museum of the world. The temporary exhibits on display during the fall of 2003 have something for everyone.

Chicago Children's Museum

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Attraction | "Good Grief!"

Chicago Children's Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Good Grief! Exhibit running at the Chicago Children's Museum September 20 - November 30, 2003 celebrates the late Charles M. Schulz. His comic strip, PEANUTS, is brought to life and invites children to step inside the Peanuts world. The exhibit is both highly interactive and very funny. When you first step into the exhibit you come upon a life-size version of Snoopy's dog house. He is lying on top while Charlie Brown is crawling out of the house from down below. Next to that is the WWI Flying Ace's plane and children are encouraged to strap on some goggles and fly like Snoopy did for all those years, through his imagination. Peanuts is a classic comic strip ref...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Chicago Children's Museum
700 East Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 527-1000

National Museum of Mexican Art

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Attraction | "Reflections of the Soul:Day of the Dead Exhibition"

National Museum of Mexican Art Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Every fall, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, "the largest Mexican art institution in the country", hosts the Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition. This is a very unique galley experience on display from September 26 through December 14, 2003. Witness the Day of the Dead traditions with all their color and detail. Mexican communities from the United States and Mexico are represented, offering diverse perspectives on notions of the afterlife. About ten extravagant and colorful alters make up the exhibit. Various artists, poets and singers are celebrated. Celia Cruz, a famous Mexican singer, is honored with various pictures of herself set in front of an altar which appears as a stage. The s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60508
(312) 738-1503

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Attraction | "Discovering Chimpanzees: The World of Jane Goodall"

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Dr. Jane Goodall is a remarkable woman and the new exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum from September 19 through January 4, 2004 truly exemplifies that fact. She has been involved in the longest running natural history project in the world. That topic, discovering chimpanzees in the Gombe, is the subject of this exhibition. Enter the exhibit, step into the African jungle, and explore the world of chimpanzees through Jane Goodall's eyes. At the Observation Station visitors are asked to watch a movie clip of chimpanzees and take notes on their behavior. Watch a male chimp aggressively run through the forest grabbing branches and throwing rocks or another chimp fishing for ants wit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 755 5100

Terra Museum of American Art

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Attraction | "Leaving for the Country:George Bellows, Woodstock"

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Leaving for the Country: George Bellows at Woodstock is on display at the Terra Museum of American Art from October 4, 2003 through January 11, 2004. Forty-five paintings and drawings by Bellows and 20 works of art by other artists make up this exhibit. You will also learn about the painters making up the artistic community. I had never heard about George Bellows before, but the exhibit attracted me because the works highlighted were painted in Woodstock, New York in the early 1920s. I have not been to Woodstock, New York, but I know it is in the country and I assumed the paintings would be interesting. Better known for his urban scenes, this is the first exhibition to focus excl...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Terra Museum of American Art
664 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 664 3939

Terra Museum of American Art

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Attraction | "Gallery of the Louvre"

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This painting is magnificent, as is the process the artist went through in creating is. The Gallery of the Louvre by Samuel F.B. Morse, on display from March 8, 2003 through January 11, 2004, is a painting of a gallery in the Louvre. The painting itself is of an enormous size, talking up an entire wall at the Terra Museum of American Art. It is displayed on the top floor (5th) of the gallery. When he was a young, Morse spent time in Paris to study paintings on display at the Louvre Museum. He also copied several of the works of art. His purpose of copying the paintings was to bring them to American as a means of educating the American people. Since he realized that most Americans ...Read More

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Terra Museum of American Art
664 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 664 3939

Newberry Library

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Attraction | "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend"

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Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend is on display at the Newberry Library from September 30, 2003 through January 17, 2004. Queen Elizabeth I ruled England for nearly 45 years from 1558 to 1603. She oversaw a period of religious reformation, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the exploits of Drake and Raleigh, and cultural achievement such as poetry and drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. This exhibition is on display during the 500th anniversary of her death. Elizabeth's career as Queen, the political workings of her court, and the cultural and diplomatic worlds of 16th-century England are all examined. According to the Newberry Library, the exhibition features beautiful and ra...Read More

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Newberry Library
60 West Walton St
Chicago, Illinois 60610
+1 312 943 9090

Art Institute of Chicago

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Attraction | "Intimate Encounters: Paul Gauguin, South Pacific"

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Intimate Encounters: Paul Gauguin and the South Pacific is at the Art Institute of Chicago from September 6, 2003 through January 11, 2004. I was expecting this exhibit to be filled with Gauguin's paintings and was a bit disappointed to find that it was not. Intimate Encounters is comprised of about 60 drawings and prints by the great Post-Impressionist artist. This exhibit reveals the artist's search to put a face on the South Pacific culture he encountered during his last years. His subjects include scenes of ordinary life, such as Tahitian women, and scenes on the beach. On April 1, 1891, Gauguin left France to "seek exile and renewal" in Tahiti. He soon discovered that...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600

Art Institute of Chicago

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Attraction | "The Photography of Lewis Carroll"

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Yes, you get to see pictures of the original Alice. Alice Liddell is the subject of about three portraits in this exhibit. Before he became famous as the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass under his pseudonym Lewis Carroll, Rev. Charles Dodgson was a teacher at Christ Church in Oxford, England. Supposedly to supplement his income, he began practicing photography and became one of the most accomplished photographers of his day. Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago from October 11, 2003 through January 11, 2004 and consists of over 75 vintage photographs. According to the Art...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600

Art Institute of Chicago

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Attraction | "The Art of NASA's Aeronautical Research"

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Aerospace Design: The art of NASA's Aeronautical Research is on exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago through February 8, 2004. I guess when I read the title of this exhibit, "NASA" stuck out. I was expecting pictures from space or something like that. When we walked into the exhibit and saw engines and other objects and mention of wind tunnels, I thought, "Uh oh, this is a guys' exhibit." I had no idea what I was looking at for the first few minutes. But as I started to read the information, I became quite intrigued. The curator's notes on the wall explained that all aircraft (and anything else that moves against wind such as trucks, cars, trains, etc.) are all tested in a wind ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600

Art Institute of Chicago

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Attraction | "Manet and the Sea"

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Manet and the Sea is the featured exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago on display from October 20, 2003 through January 19, 2004. This exhibition is devoted to the marine paintings of Edouard Manet. While Manet is the featured artist, there are several other marine paintings from others such as Pierre Auguste Renoir, Johan Barthold Jongkind, Eugene Boudin, Berthe Morisot, James McNeill Whistler, Claude Monet, and more. Manet's seascapes, ranging from 1864 to shortly before his death in 1883, are a little-studied subject of the artist who sometimes is referred to as the father of Impressionism. The links between Manet and his immediate predecessors and contemporaries such as Claude Mon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600

Chicago Cultural Center

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Attraction | "The Artful Teapot"

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The Artful Teapot: 20th-Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection is on display at the Chicago Cultural Center from October 18, 2003 through January 4, 2004. This exhibition "explores the teapot as an inventive vehicle for artistic expression in the twentieth century." The Artful Teapot is split into four sections demonstrating how the everyday teapot can be transformed into a work of art. The teapot's basic components, the body, handle, lid, and spout, are interpreted in wildly imaginative variations. Expect to see teapots of animals, houses, scenes, dragons, and even Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. In the "Aesthetic Variables" section, which you enter as the first...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington St
Chicago, Illinois 60601
+1 312 744 6630

Field Museum

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Attraction | "Eviction and Homecoming"

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Eviction and Homecoming: The Story of Brazil's Panara Indians is on display at the Field Museum from September 12, 2003 through February 8, 2004. This photographic exhibit allows visitors to follow this indigenous community's triumphant struggle to reclaim their homeland and cultural identity. The photographs document the inspiring story of the of the Panara Indians who live in the rainforests of Brazil. The Panara had little contact with the industrialized world when they were approached by the Villas Boas brothers, two men hired by the Brazilian government in its efforts to clear the path for a Transamazonian highway. This contact with new people exposed them to their diseases an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-9410

Field Museum

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Attraction | "Polar Thaw: Global Warming in the Artic"

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Polar Thaw: Global Warming in the Artic is on display at the Field Museum from September 23, 2003 through November 16, 2003. This is a photographic exhibit which helps the visitor discover the environmental consequences of global warming. Color photos from the Arctic and Antarctic are displayed. Gary Braasch is the nationally recognized photographer who documented the effects on the Earth's slowly increasing temperatures. The result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide and other heat traps gases in the atmosphere and causes global warming. The exhibition features over 30 beautiful images which demonstrate the impact of the climate change on the icy landscapes of the Arctic and A...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-9410

Field Museum

Attraction | "Einstein"

Field Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Einstein is the major feature at the Field Museum, on display from October 17, 2003 through January 19, 2004. Plan for about two hours, if you like to see museum exhibits thoroughly. There is a lot of writing that you will want to read to experience it to the fullest. Even with the audio tour we spent two hours, because we needed to re-learn Einstein's theories which are all covered. Einstein forever changed the way we look at the universe through his insight and creativity. He made us look at light, time, energy and gravity in a different way, making him the most famous scientist of the 20th century. What you forget is that he was not just a brilliant man, but a man with a generous ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-9410