Saturday, May 16, 2009
The Young Modern event on Friday night was one of the big kick-off parties celebrating the opening of the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. There have been parties all week kicking off the official opening today. C, S and I attended the Young Modern event -- from 10pm to 2am we toured the galleries and sipped champagne.
The galleries that usually house the Art Institute's big special exhibits were transformed into a series of lounges filled with light and music. These are the same galleries that just housed the Edvard Munch exhibit -- what a change!
The atrium hall of the Modern wing was so open -- I can't wait to experience this architecture during the daytime. The light should be spectacular.
There was a ton of great fashion. Attire was "modern", and the crowd was turned-out in a big way. Fab.
The largest exhibit in the Modern wing was Cy Twombly. I was surprised to learn that he is from Lexington, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. The work was great. The brown pieces (right in the image above) were the only ones that I didn't really embrace. The others had great color. Some reference handwriting on a blackboard, and others reference landscapes and floral motifs.
This party was a blast. Believe it or not, there was an afterparty at Chicago's Le Passage, and we high-tailed it to Lincoln Park for breakfast. Only to wake up and head to the DAR Spring Luncheon! No complaining!