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morning at the Art Institvte

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2012 by xi'an

After a brisk morning run along the Lake Michigan shore (in a freezing wind), I took the opportunity of a delayed flight to visit the Art Institute of Chicago, a museum I remembered from my first visit in 1987, not only for the fair amount of impressionist pieces, but also because of a temporary exhibit of the haunting pieces of Anselm Kiefer. This time, I again spent some time in the Monet rooms, esp. the haystack series, and then explored the modern section of which I had no lasting memory.

This is where I saw this magnificient sculpture by Charles Ray, entitled Hinoki, a reconstituted oak log he once saw lying in a meadow. I spent some time circling the trunck, looking at the details and the whole perspective. One may wonder why this sculpting version of Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote, is of such deep interest: first, dead logd/trees often have an ascetic beauty of their own, having shed leaves and bark, and turning slowly from the vegetal to the mineral. (Had I a large enough house, I would certainly try to install some composition of beach logs inside the house!) Second, this is a true sculpture in which Charles Ray did carve a piece or rather several pieces of cypress into his vision of a dead tree, whose meaning is completely different from the original object. At last, the sculptor worked with Japanese carpenter masters on this creation, woodworkers specialised in the maintenance and renovation of Japanese wooden temples, where all the wood beams that make them are progressively changed over the centuries, in the same paradox of being the same structure while having lost all of its components…

Apart from this great sculpture, and among many other great paintings, I discovered the following painting by Lyonel Feininger, almost cartoonesque in its representation of this Norman village scene. And hope to be back in this great museum in less than 25 years! (In an interesting coincidence, I saw the Hopper classic, Nighthawks, that was missing in Chicago in Paris as it is part of the terrific exhibit on Hopper’s career at Grand Palais!)

Art [brut] Institvte of Chicago

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on November 3, 2012 by xi'an

a day in Chicago

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2012 by xi'an

Another busy day as I visited the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. This was my first time visit to this impressive building (and my first visit to Chicago for 25 years…) I actually had to leave Ames at 4:30 (am!) to catch a plane in Des Moines at 6:50 and be at the Chicago Booth before my first appointment at 10… Everything worked out fine, despite the potential for disruption due to the storm Sandy (just spotted a few big waves along the waterfront on my way to the University), and I had a definitely productive sequence of discussions. The talk on ABC was again well-attended and, because this was an econometric seminar (as in Princeton), definitely lively with a flow of questions all along. (There were also a few people from Biology, for whom the focus on our consistency result was presumably less interesting than for econometricians.) As in Ames, I did not manage to reach the part on empirical likelihood. Fodder for another seminar! The day ended by a meal in a superb restaurant with my favourite wine, Saint-Joseph, after which I was ready for a few hours of sleep..! And then a few hours to spend in the Art Institute of Chicago before flying back to Paris. Direct, courtesy of Sandy.

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