Museum as Classroom

Hello family and friends!

I have been very very busy with schoolwork and extracurriculars that I haven’t been able to write many blogs lately. However, I wanted to share an experience that I had over spring break!

The Honors Program offers “Tutorials” that count as an honors credit and offer a great learning experience. I recently went on a tutorial titled “Museum as Classroom” where we went to Chicago to go to art museums and learn about art!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was getting to stay at the Norbertine House in Chicago! They were all very kind and welcomed us with great hospitality. They stocked the house that the girls stayed in with yummy snacks and drinks. The house was very cozy and wonderful. Most nights, we had dinner with them (that they had prepared!) and engaged in great conversation and laughs. I always enjoyed coming back to visit with them because no conversation was the same.

We had visited so many museums that I’m not sure that I will be able to list them all! Our first stop was in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. This was a beautiful museum and a wonderful start to the trip.

The next day we went to the Museum of Science and Industry and the SMART Museum of Art. The Museum of Science and Industry was great because it offered so many exhibits; ranging from NASA to anatomy and to genetics. It was great to walk around and explore all the different exhibits. Next, SMART was on the campus of UChicago and was a smaller exhibit but we had a really great tour guide.

And then we went to the Art Institute of Chicago. This was by far, my favorite museum that we had visited. There were so many collections and great works of art that we decided to come back for another day. A highlight for me was seeing all the artists that I learned about and getting to see them in person. My favorite piece (which I gave a lecture on) is “The Old Guitarist” by Picasso. I just love the blues and the feelings that you get from the painting. I loved walking around the modern art exhibit! I could write all day about all the pieces that I saw, so I’ll just include some pictures instead!

The next day we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Loyola University Museum of Art. Of the two, the Museum of Contemporary Art was my favorite. We had a great tour guide who explained pieces that I would have just walked past. My favorite piece was a video that was shown called “Prisoners of Love.” It was a video consisting of clips from all different sources; ones of hate and love, ones of war and peace. It was a powerful video that I enjoyed very much.

Our trip was cut a day short because someone had to be back on campus. Our last day was spent at the Art Institute of Chicago thinking about the video project that was due in two weeks. I am very pleased with how our video turned out, so I am going to show you!

I spent my Spring break in a wonderful place accompanied with brilliant people! Thanks to all who made the trip a sucess!

Thanks for reading!