The Project

I’m on sabbatical this year and plan on spending three to four days for the next four months at the Art Institute of Chicago. I want to interview people about their experiences, observe people looking at art, learn more about the museum (its history, its mission, the people who work there including guards and custodial staff), and do some investigating into certain paintings. At the same time I’m reading art theory, appreciation, and criticism (see the bibliography) and welcome any suggestions you might have. In the end I hope to write a book, kind of a travel memoir of a stationary trip. Each chapter will touch on a different aspect of art and will be a non-academic book that can be used as a tool for readers who wish to get more out of their museum experience. This blog isn’t the book but a journal so to speak of my experience, as well as a sounding board for ideas and subjects that interest me. It is also an attempt to get input and advice from the likes of you! Thanks.