Monday, August 2, 2010 C
"A Drawing Because I Can't Sleep, Even Though Weary"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 A
"Exuberant and Playful"

This is my last night here in Chicago. It was raining this morning, so I dressed with a couple more layers than I did yesterday. Big mistake, for the rain soon quite and the humid heat rose.

I loved the Calder show. It was divided into two galleries facing each other. One featured young artists inspired by Calder and the other was devoted strictly to Calder's efforts. Mobiles and stabiles in all sizes were spread through out the large room. Photography wasn't allowed, so I tried a zoom from the other gallery:

You can't tell much from this, except to get an idea of what an exuberant, playful place it is...

The photography restriction was no doubt done to encourage purchase of exhibition catalogue, which I probably would have bought anyway. I got it and a slender book which features Calder's pieces nicely photographed in varying light situations and angles.

Despite the ban of close-up Calder photography, we were allowed to photographed the new artists' pieces. One was contained within a round frame with assemblages similar to what Calder did in his fish: (One at Smithsonian American Art Museum):

Nathan Carter, American, 1970 -
Steel, plastic, galvanized wire, aluminum, rubber, and enamel paint
Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

Detail from lower left...

Now I must get organized and be nearly all packed, for morning will come early.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 B
"As Ready As I Can Be"

I'm as packed as I can be until tomorrow's bathing and dressing. The suitcase and back pack are considerably more stuffed than when I came. I have some lovely scented soap and precious essential oils. Also I am five books richer, (three on Egyptology and two on Calder), and two 'shiny things' richer, (In addition to the earlier cool rounded triangular bowl, I have a nifty container which I hope will take a half pound of tea. (Maybe I should have got the next larger size?)
(Note of October 11, 2012: this size exactly fits a package of almonds. The larger, which I bought later, exactly fits the largest bag of walnuts.)

I thank everyone who had a part in making my visit such a rewarding time. I will enjoy re-visiting in memory.

Tuesday, August 4, 2010
"Happy Thoughts of Homecoming"

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