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October 10, 2018

Photo Essay: Art to Live With 2018


Students spend the night camping outside the Smart Museum to be first on line for the Art to Live with program

Adrian Mandeville / The Chicago Maroon

October 7th marked the second anniversary of the Smart Museum’s Art to Live With program since its revival from 1980s. Starting the night before, students living in campus housing lined up to collect 150 works of art--double the amount offered last year--at absolutely no cost. Following tradition, many camped out in front of the museum overnight to get first dibs on the selection.

The first person to show up was Hayton Oei, a third year economics and English double major with his eyes set on a Picasso. He got there on October 6th at 11:50 a.m., almost 18 hours before the program opened its doors. He said that other people started coming around 2 in the afternoon. People brought homework, books, and board games to pass the time.

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Hayton camping out

Adrian Mandeville / The Chicago Maroon

As expected, come morning there was a line of students  in front of the museum. Each was given a group and a number in line. Coffee and donuts were handed out.

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They waited hours outside in intermittent rain showers

Adrian Mandeville / The Chicago Maroon

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At 8 AM they let in the first group of students

Adrian Mandeville / The Chicago Maroon

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Each student had exactly 2 minutes to pick out which piece they wanted

Adrian Mandeville / The Chicago Maroon

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Each piece was wrapped and packed

Adrian Mandeville / The Chicago Maroon
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Adrian Mandeville / The Chicago Maroon
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Hayton got his Picasso

Adrian Mandeville / The Chicago Maroon

 

 

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