A trip to Chicago wouldn't be complete without a visit to the famous Art Institute, recently made even more famous by the enormous donation of contemporary work by Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. Coco and Colette couldn't wait to see these "icons of the twentieth century," especially Warhol's Liz #3 and Mona Lisa and Jasper John's Target. The girls hadn't yet seen the new wing of the museum which was designed by star architect Renzo Piano which is a soaring gallery that overlooks Millennium Park.
The girls chose their most "art institute-y" dresses and pumps for the occasion, even though pumps aren't necessary the best choice for long periods of standing. But like I've said before, they always choose fashion over function, and we all know that dressing the part is half the fun of museum visits.
Coco and Colette dwelled the longest in front of Lichtenstein's Foot Medication, unsure of how to interpret it. They had seen more of his work and enjoyed the irony of his Baked Potato at the Museum of Modern Art, but had to consult Google to learn that Foot Medication had something to do with "alter egos and breaking barriers," but Colette joked, "It's probably just about pedicures, and trying to understand alter egos gives me a headache." After a lengthy discussion, they agreed that they admire Lichtenstein's use of color and that his disguised self-references were intriguing. They also noted that their alter-egos are occasionally troublesome, too.
The Art Institute was an invigorating way to spend the day, the girls believed, despite their achy feet. "Who's criticizing foot medication, now?" Coco joked.
"Touche," Colette replied.
See the links to the items on the Art Institute of Chicago Pinterest board here.
Learn more about AIC's spectacular acquision (and see Food Medication and more) here.