We have received news that the Rice building of the Art Institute was closed down today. Lights were cut wherever possible as every attempt was made to reduce the heat and humidity. The problem stemmed from the air conditioning not kicking in at the right time in the morning. This is a problem with the HVAC system, when the building moves from heating to cooling mode as the seasons change. The result was the nightmare scenario of the Ambrose Vollard Cezanne to Picasso show shutting down. Crowded with hundreds of museum-goers the space would have been a sauna. Everything is expected to be back to normal tomorrow.
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