Cee’s under the weather so her usual Thursday challenge is off today. Nonetheless, I thought I’d share this black and white photo of a sculpture.
Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s challenging us to share black and white photos that show the view from the side. It’s open to personal interpretation so I expect a lot of variety. For more black and white photos from this week click here.
Yesterday my friend Maryann and I enjoyed a walking tour around the Pilsen neighborhood, which is full of colorful murals. The Chicago History Museum organized the tour. The guide was knowledgeable and able to handle some trouble makers like the guy, who when the guide was briefly giving his bio blurted out “who cares?” (Luckily he didn’t continue to be so obnoxious.)
We learned about the neighborhood, which was first settled by Bohemians and other Eastern Europeans. We learned the difference between graffiti (by artists and by gang members) and murals. We learned about the history and imagery of many murals in the neighborhood. The tour was 90 minutes but if it was twice as long we wouldn’t have seen everything.
The tour will be offered, rain or shine, again on May 11th by the Chicago History Museum. I bet they’ll have one a month while the weather’s good.
Seen at the National Museum of Mexican Art (in Chicago).
I spent the day in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago with my friend Maryann. Before our walking tour of Pilsen’s famed murals, we had time to explore the National Museum of Mexican Art, which has a good collection from many eras.
I like the size of the museum. It’s got a well curated collection and doesn’t take all day to view. You’ll still have time to explore the neighborhood’s many significant murals.
The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 19th Street, Chicago
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm