July 10, 2012

Lichtenstein with Little One: art through the eyes of a baby @artinstitutechi

Filed under: Design & Art,Local (Chicago) — Tags: , , — lidia @ 3:26 pm

Details from Lichtenstein’s paintings and my pint-sized art museum companion

One of the perks of being a mom in business is taking off a few hours to do something fun with Little One. Ever since he was a few months old, my son and I have been attending the Art Institute of Chicago’s stroller tours: a baby-sized tour of one of the Museum’s exhibits or rooms.

July and August’s stroller tours feature the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit. Since┬ámy 11-month old son is starting to point at and notice everything around him, I thought the lively modern art would appeal to him. Not to mention, Mama needed a little art break.

Recognize these haystacks? Lichtenstein’s ‘Haystacks’ based on Claude Monet’s series.

Admittedly, I never had a penchant for modern art, so I enjoyed hearing background on the evolution of Lichtenstein’s artwork and techniques. Being a graphic designer, I enjoyed seeing the hand-drawn “Ben-Day” dots and other graphic patterns.

I especially enjoyed seeing the way Lichtenstein combined expressive brush strokes with his pop art aesthetic. I liked his works that were representative of artworks I was familiar with (see inset). And I was surprised that some of his paintings were downright subdued.

As I suspected, the Lichtenstein exhibit was a hit with my little guy. His eyes darted and delighted in the bold colors, dot patterns and stripes all around him. Perhaps he enjoyed it a little too much! (yes, I was the mom with the wriggling, happily shrieking baby in the gallery around noon yesterday). Needless to say, we both left the exhibit energized and inspired!

Artsy mamas (and dads): the next Lichtenstein Stroller Tour takes place on July 23rd