photo-3What is it about Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte that intrigues visitors? I recently had an extra hour in downtown Chicago and popped into the Art Institute for my favorite past time… people watching (or what I like to call, visitor stalking). I parked myself down on a bench in one of the impressionism galleries and watching in awe as visitor after visitor became enchanted with this piece of artwork.

It is the little dots? The size and scape of the canvas? It’s brief but powerful cameo in Ferris Bueller’s big adventure? Has this piece taken on a life of it’s own and become a quintessential Art Institute piece? I would argue that yes, Seurat’s artwork has swept viewers off their feet and become a piece that folks think they cannot miss. Is this a bad thing? NO! That doesn’t mean other pieces get neglected. The new arrangement of the AIC is such that you have to wander a bit and check out the other pieces before you stumble upon the big kahuna. Yesterday, I saw visitors, young and old, actually reading the label. Boom. Whatever the reason, go, Seurat, go!


About catebay

Informal educator working in the world of art. Interests in public programming and community advocacy. Loves learning about people, collecting blue mason jars, and consuming Swedish fish.
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