Busy week!

Jun. 5th, 2011 08:08 pm
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It's been a crazy, busy week, but in a good way. I've been to the Symphony, unexpectedly, twice. Tuesday night was my regular subscription night, and on Thursday, I got a call from a friend, who had another friend who couldn't use her tickets. So I benefited. Bernard Haitink conducted both nights; Tuesday was Schumann, Mozart and Brahms, while Thursday was Mahler's 9th Symphony. I usually sit on the main floor, but on Thursday I sat on the Terrace level, which is above and behind the orchestra. I'd never sat there before, and it's great, obviously, for watching the conductor, but it's very weird to be looking at the rest of the audience!

On Wednesday, I went to Glessner House,
Glessner House, courtyard
for an event celebrating the 125th anniversary of its building. It was designed by H.H. Richardson, and is on what was once Chicago's "Millionaire's Row", where folks like Marshall Field lived. The neighbors did not entirely approve of Richardson's aesthetic. Many of the beautiful mansions have been razed, and Glessner House was in danger, but was saved and restored, was the original home of what was then the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation (it has since dropped the "School"), and is now open to visitors. The Glessner's great-grandson re-created the groundbreaking, there was an enjoyable talk about the world, and Chicago, in 1886, and food and drink.

On Friday, I took the afternoon off from work to go to the Art Institute for a donor event introducing the new Japanese galleries (they've actually been open several months, though). There was a nice tea service (western, not Japanese) and the associate curator of Japanese art spoke. Then those who wanted (which, of course, included me) went to the galleries and the curator was available to answer questions.

The new African and American Indian galleries had just opened that day, so I had a browse. They aren't completely installed - the objects are all there, but the descriptive cards aren't, so I will need to go back to find out what everything is! (And, not incidentally, have my camera with me.)

This weekend, the first in June, is always a favorite, because it's the Printers Row Lit Fest, and the 57th Street Art Fair and the Hyde Park Community Art Fair (which are right next to each other). I did the Lit Fest yesterday, first going to hear Colm Tóibín and Belinda McKeon, and then wandering the stalls to buy books. It was horribly hot, so I didn't stay as long as I might have otherwise, but I did manage to pick up several books. Not as many as these folks, though:
Seriously buying books

Today was cooler, a really perfect day for breakfast and the Sunday paper on the back porch, and then wandering around a couple of art fairs.

Date: 2011-06-06 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holmesfan.livejournal.com
Wow! That sure was a multitude of books. Even Lytteltonwitch doesn't quite manage that many in her boot when out on release rides.

Date: 2011-06-07 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fancyhorse.livejournal.com
Wow! Did they buy all those books, or were they bringing them to sell?

I'm surprised you can take photos in your museums. Most of the ones around here don't allow it.

Date: 2011-06-07 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mojosmom.livejournal.com
I think they were buying, because I saw a guy tossing (yes, tossing books in to the car.

Most of the museums around here allow photography as long as you don't use a flash, and only of their permanent collections. In my travels, I have found that to be a fairly common policy in the U.S., although there are exceptions. (One museum in my neighborhood allows photography, but you have to sign a document swearing they're just for personal use, and listing all the items you photograph.)

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Edited Date: 2011-06-07 01:06 pm (UTC)

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