Chicago and Paris in the Same Weekend

How does one do it?

We went to Chicago this weekend with Kathleen. It was supposed to be Alecia and Kathleen but Alecia wasn't feeling well; so it was just the 3 of us. We arrived easily and without any problems, though we'd never driven up 57 to Chi-town because we usually leave from Bloomington on 55. Anyway, we parked around Lincoln Park, made sure to look for any signs of possible parades or events that would cause the car to get towed like it did last year at PRIDE. Paralleled park without much trouble though I did accidentally back into Kathleen who was directing me backwards. (I thought she'd give herself enough room before she told me to stop).

We headed to the Art Institute. I was disappointed that we missed the Toulouse-Latrec exhibit because it ended Monday but I'd heard their permanent collection is amazing, so I wasn't too worried that I'd have nothing to blog about. I was very excited to see they had a photography exhibit (not a permanent one) called "Paris: Photographs from a Time That Was". I love Paris. I love Photography. This couldn't have been a better match for me and if it was all I saw, I would have been happy. Last year, I was uber obsessed with chairs. Pictures of chairs, furniture designs, photographs of chairs, all things chairs. I even had a cool icon of a chair in one of the Paris gardens (Luxembourg, I think). Anyway, Andre Kertesz had some amazing work there. I also found Eugene Atget's work intriguing. I always liked Henri Cartier-Bresson and to see his work up close was lovely. It was very cool to see Robert Doisneau's most famous work, Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville ("Kiss by the Hotel de Ville").




I was surprised to find out that these "lovers" actually posed for the picture. This quintessential image seemed to represent the French way of life to much of the world.

" Doisneau was working on a photo spread aboutParis lovers for Life magazine when he spotted Mrs Bornet and boyfriend Jacques Carteaud near the school where they were studying theatre. In an interview in 1992, Doisneau said: "I would havenever dared to photograph people like that. Lovers kissing in thestreet, those couples are rarely legitimate."

The image stayed in the archives of the photo agency where Doisneau worked for more than 30 years before it was snapped up by a poster company." ~from BBC.

There were some other beautiful images he captured like the carousel in the rain on display. Jacques Henri Lartigue's striking images were also on display like this one which made me laugh. In another post, I will write about some other amazing works I saw but this has gone on too long, for now.