The different venues I visited each had a different feel to them. They definitely each gave an air of different importance, perhaps with the Art Institute being the highest, then the Museum of Contemporary Art, Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the galleries. Though I don’t actually think that was where the most important artworks were in that order. The most important things to me were spread out among the venues.
I liked the spaciousness of the museums and the Cultural Center. Because there was already so much art in those places it made things seem a little less overwhelming and allowed the viewer to separate the pieces from each other. It’s also a little weird viewing something in those settings; it is like they are all taken out of context and jammed into this one space and you are supposed to be able to view it and only it. You have to try to forget where you are, that you are standing in a place where someone has chosen it, chosen where it goes, and by choosing it has deemed it art. What if you saw the painting in someone’s living room? You have to think about those things and catch yourself with any bias if you have it. Differences come into play when looking at things in a museum; I realized I had been more focused in museums because the paintings were “museum-worthy;” also the air was official and I told myself, there must be a reason why these things are in here. Although hopefully there is good reason in most cases, I am sure there are all kinds of politics behind museums and what goes in.