Something to See This Summer- “Manet and Modern Beauty ” at the Art Institute

Boating (1874–75), Édouard Manet.

Librarians and educators will admit, a book is not the only path of life long learners. If the chance arises you should by all means see and experience lectures, concerts, lit festivals, and exhibits.  The Art Institute of Chicago’s  newest exhibit, called “Manet and Modern Beauty” is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

The museum will span the latter years of the great Impressionist painter. The exhibit will showcase his works on fashion, flowers, and more. Over 90 pieces will be on display, including handwritten letters Manet wrote to friends that have amazingly detailed drawings on them.

Prepare for your museum visit by  watching this Edouard Manet Documentary,  or by checking out our collection of  Manet library materials.  The National Endowment for the Humanities  “How to Visit the Museum” article is a great read on how to visit a museum like a pro.

“Manet and Modern Beauty” debuts  Sunday, May 26.

HBO’s Chernobyl Miniseries

Chernobyl (2019) | Official Trailer | HBO

HBO started airing a miniseries on the world’s worst nuclear accident that occurred in 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Russia. Emily Watson plays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the mystery of what led to the Chernobyl disaster so that it doesn’t happen again.

Whether this type of accident occurred in Russia, or more recently as 2011 in Fukushima, Japan, the dramatized story shows the cost of political governments hiding truths from their own citizens.

If you’ve been watching Chernobyl Monday nights on HBO and want to do more research, we have some interesting resources on the subject. If you haven’t been watching, you should really check it out!

Chernobyl resources in our collection

Emily Watson on Why HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Is a Cautionary Tale for Our Times

Library Open During Construction

The Library is OPEN during the construction of the L Building entrances! Please use the entrance across from the B Building, under the B bridge. The book drop near the L Building has been relocated to the area between the B & L Buildings. The ramp leading up to the L Building & the Library entrance is also CLOSED. Please see photos and/or ask at the Information Desk for help. Thank you!

Never watched Game of Thrones? You can still catch up!

Never watched Game of Thrones? Want to catch up to the rest of the world and watch the series finale on Sunday, May 19th?

Do not fear! You do NOT have have to watch all 72 episodes by Sunday. Joanna Robinson at Vanity Fair has outlined the “15 most essential episodes” or Game of Thrones.

This is the fast-forward version of the show. They are:

SEASON 1, EPISODE 1: “WINTER IS COMING”
SEASON 1, EPISODE 9: “BAELOR”
SEASON 2, EPISODE 9: “BLACKWATER”
SEASON 3, EPISODE 5: “KISSED BY FIRE”
SEASON 3, EPISODE 7: “THE BEAR AND THE MAIDEN FAIR”
SEASON 3, EPISODE 9: “THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE”
SEASON 4, EPISODE 1: “TWO SWORDS”
SEASON 4, EPISODE 8: “THE MOUNTAIN AND THE VIPER”
SEASON 4, EPISODE 10: “THE CHILDREN”
SEASON 5, EPISODE 8: “HARDHOME”
SEASON 5, EPISODE 10: “MOTHER’S MERCY”
SEASON 6, EPISODE 2: “HOME”
SEASON 6, EPISODE 5: “THE DOOR”
SEASON 7, EPISODE 4: “SPOILS OF WAR”

Of course, you may need to get yourself an HBO subscription (check out their free trial) or you can find check all seven seasons from our library.

On this night in 1965, Keith Richards Dreamed the Guitar Riff to the Classic Song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and then Recorded it in Chicago

One of the greatest rock songs in history has a classic origin story and a great Chicago connection. To read more, click here.

A little know fact: If you live in the Chicago area, you can still visit the legendary Chess Records Studio (now known as Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation).  If you are a fan of the blues or music history, you definitely want to visit this historically important and terribly underrated tourist attraction.

To stream entire albums by The Rolling Stones, click here to access Hoopla.