Thursday, December 3, 2009

“500 Ways of Looking at Modern....

Is a city-wide art project supporting The Art Institute of Chicago’s yearlong exploration and celebration of all things modern.

There are 500 cubes scattered around Chicago, each with its own art project. Some of these art projects will be featured in a special display at the Art Institute in the spring of 2010.”

I had heard that the Art Institute was promoting its new Modern Wing by displaying 6 inch red cubes around Chicago.

I knew nothing more than that.

So it wasn’t too surprising yesterday morning when I saw one sitting in a recently emptied concrete planter across the street from the Merchandise Mart.

I stopped and photographed it...

and after that shot I noticed what else was written on it...

"Take this with you and visit....."

Yahoo!! It is now MINE!!

No. 9!

Following the directions I went on-line and registered it...

"Susan Moody completed the task.

Ironically I am a photojournalist, blogger and lover of Chicago!!  While walking into my office this morning I found Cube #9!  It was sitting in a recently emptied concrete planter, directly across the street from the Merchandise Mart, I photographed it, and then claimed it as mine!!

i will treat it so very fine "

Afterwards I noticed that the title for my cube said “Create your own William Eggleston”.


Who is this William Eggleston?

I then clicked on the link that the Art Institute provided...

"William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video 1961–2008
February 27–May 23, 2010 - Galleries 182-184, 188

Overview:  One of the most influential American artists, William Eggleston changed the history of color photography. This exhibition—the artist’s first retrospective in the United States—brings together Eggleston’s famous color photographs of the American South with lesser-known works, such as his early black-and-white prints and provocative video recordings."

and their web page contains only one of Mr. Eggleston's famous photos...

William Eggleston. Untitled from Los Alamos, 1965-68 and 1972-74 (published 2003.) Private Collection. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy Cheim and Read, New York. "

Seeing that led me to excitedly comment again....

"Susan Moody - Finder of # Niner commented on 12/2/2009

I just read the link about William Eggleston and was blown away by the photo that you have posted. I believe that most all things happen for a son, Phillip, who is young and wildly talented took this photo...

as part of his series on shopping carts....see any connection??

he received gallery rejection"

Again not really reading everything in its entirety the first two or three times...I again re-read the article, at which point I finally SEE this...

"William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video 1961–2008

February 27–May 23, 2010 - Galleries 182-184, 188"

William Eggleston's Exhibit opens at the Art Institute on February 27th....

my son's birthday!

Is this one of those events that is truly "meant to be?"

stay tuned to see


Dawn Christ said...

Everything is connected... ;)

Billy Cooper said...

I believe that your son's photo is just as inspiring at the original Eggleston! Tell him great job and best of luck with his career.

Susan's Snippets said...

Billy Cooper,

Thanks for the wonderful compliment. I have forwarded your comment to my son. I too hope that Phillip's journey allows him to share his gift with others that appreciate his eye.

his limit is the sky

Anonymous said...

Hey Sus: It was good to see you last week at Jewel.
I have to confess when I saw the pic with the artist and the shopping cart. I thought immediately of PJ's photo. It is a small world. Hope you had a good Christmas and that the New Year is a good one for you and the family. Love and hugs, BOCOTB