Tuesday, December 19, 2006

seeing the city

Su and I took some time this weekend to explore the City of Broad Shoulders.

On Saturday, we visited The Art Institute of Chicago where we spent a few hours. The Silk Road and Beyond: Travel, Trade, and Transformation and José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Broadside are two very interesting current exhibitions there, which we saw there. Afterwards, we strolled around in Millennium Park. Below are a few snapshots of the large silver-colored sculpture there called "The Bean:"


Here's one that shows the reflection of us on The Bean itself:

And here's me standing in front of The Bean:

Afterwards, we hopped on the El to the Pilsen area of Chicago, which has a strong Mexican community. There we had dinner at a wonderful Mexican seafood restaurant. Below are a few shots of the murals at the 18th Street El station, which reflect the community's strong Latin American culture, history, and traditions. Interestingly, the photo of the skeletons is reminiscent of the humorous and satirical calaveras, or skeleton figures, which we learned about at the Art Institute's exhibition "José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Broadside."





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