Well! I had a very
nice compliment today! I was at the Art Institute, admiring the art, when the guard in one of the galleries came up and told me that I would fit very well into this picture
! We started to chat, and she was very knowledgeable - should have been giving tours of the art rather than guarding it!
Altogether a very nice morning at the AIOC. They have some wonderful Utamaro prints on exhibit in the Buckingham Gallery, and an exhibit of ceramics, Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest
, which had some really stunning pieces. Went to the American galleries and released I Am Madame X
; it was gone when I looked again later, so I'm hoping for a journal entry!
I also read eight
books while I was there. No, I'm not a super-fast reader. There was an exhibition called Honoring Heroes in History: Illustrations from the Coretta Scott King Award Books, 2001 - 2005
, and reading copies of the books were available to be perused. So peruse I did.#s 32 - 39God Bless the Child
, by Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog, Jr., illustrated by Jerry PInkney The Great Migration from the rural South to the urban NorthEllington Was Not a Street
, by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson A group of friends before they were famousVisiting Langston
, by Willie Pearlman, illustrated by Bryan Collier A little girl who wants to be a poet is wearing her favorite pink blouse, because her daddy is taking her to Langston's house!Uptown
, written and ilustrated by Bryan Collier The sights and sounds of HarlemAlmost to Freedom
, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by Colin Bootman Oh, man, give me a hankie. I was sniffling up a storm. Taking a note from the finding of dolls in hidden rooms on the Underground Railway, Nelson writes the story of one family's escape from slavery from the point of view of their little girl's doll.Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles -- Think of That!
, written and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon This one had me tapping my toes right there in the gallery!Goin' Someplace Special
, by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney 'Tricia Ann is on her way to "Someplace Special", but Jim Crow has her discouraged. But she gets there -- it's the library! Based on the true story of the quiet desegration of the Nashville (Tennessee) Public Library.Thunder Rose
, by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Kadir Nelson Thunder Rose is talking from the day she is born, with superpowers and a super heart!
I was going to have some borscht at the Russian Tea Time, but they were closed for the holiday so I came home and fixed myself scrambled eggs instead, with some crackers and brie, and an apple for dessert. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line I lost a bit of a filling! So tomorrow I will be making an appointment at the dentist. Or I could just post in Chit-Chat: "OMG! I lost a filling! Should I use superglue? What does everyone think?"
it with people asking for medical advice in Chit-Chat, anyway?)
Now I'm doing laundry. See, my life isn't all that exciting.