Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Check out the new exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago!

Rene Magritte Photo
From June 24th until October 13th, the Art Institute will host an exhibit titled Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary. This exhibit showcases the work of artist Rene Magritte featuring over 100 paintings, collages, and drawings. Rene Magritte (1898-1967) was a Belgian artist, whose primary objective was to challenge the viewer's perception of reality. Magritte began his study of painting in 1916 at Academie des Beaux-Art in Brussels. Some of his earliest paintings used a Cubo-Futurist style, such as the painting, The Three Nudes. Magritte's first painting using surrealism style was painted in 1925 and titled The Lost Jockey. He continued to use surrealism style throughout his career by transforming and “misnaming” objects as well as the representation of visions seen in half-waking states. With these techniques, Magritte created an unbalanced view of nature and trickery. Magritte commonly recreated famous paintings by adding a surrealist twist, such as a Manet piece, The Balcony. His work was not truly appreciated until the 1960's around the time of his death. However, his work has continuously influenced pop, minimalist, and conceptual art styles.
The exhibit at the Art Institute takes viewers through Magritte's most experimental years starting in 1926 until 1938. You will be able to see many of his different pieces, such as The Treachery of Images and Time Transfixed. As you view the work of Magritte, challenge yourself to think beyond the nature of reality and into the world of surrealism. 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FIFA World Cup – Who Will Win?

The long four year wait is over! The FIFA World Cup has arrived. The World Cup is being held in Brazil. There will be 12 different stadiums used throughout this next month. The matches will take place from June 12th until July 13th.  The qualifier matches begin tomorrow, starting with Brazil vs. Croatia 3PM CT. Want to know the remainder of the schedule? See the link below or go the official FIFA website! As with every sport, predictions for the winners of this World Cup have taken off. Many wondering if the home advantage will give host country and 5-time World Cup winner, Brazil, the added reason to win #6. Chicago, home of the U.S. Soccer Federation Headquarters has many places to catch one or all the matches. If you’re interested in watching the U.S. team or your home team is playing the United States, head over to Avery Field on match days, June 16th and June 22nd. The third game on June 26th will be broadcasted at Petrillo Music Shell. United States isn’t your team? No problem. Many of the Chicago bars will be showing the matches, such as:

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub – 622 N. Fairbanks Ct.
The Globe Pub – 1934 W. Irving Park Rd
AJ Hudson Public House – 3801 N. Ashland Ave
Cloes – 1935 W. Chicago Ave
Dank Haus – 4740 N. Western Ave

The hostel will also be offering some outings to watch the matches! Be on the look out for these opportunities!
This month will be an exciting time for all soccer fans! Even if you are not a huge fan, don’t forget to tune in and root for your home country!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Get ready, it's time for the World Cup in Brazil!!! But what actually is the World Cup?

The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champions are Spain, who won the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month; this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).
The 19 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Italy, with four titles; West Germany, with three titles;Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two titles each; and EnglandFrance, and Spain, with one title each.

From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup