Grant Wood's iconic "American Gothic" won't be back on view at the Art Institute until mid-April and Rene Magritte's surrealist masterpiece "Time Transfixed" will remain unseen until the museum's new Modern Wing opens in May 2009.
You'll just have to settle with a modern, pop culture twist on those two works for now. The Web site Something Awful has updated those masterpieces and several others not owned by the Art Institute -- with images
from the "Star Wars" films.
As envisioned by Something Awful, "American Gothic" now features Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) as the pitchfork-wielding farmer. Magritte's image of a locomotive emerging from a fireplace instead features a Star Destroyer.
Our favorite has to be the one-eared Yoda subbing for Vincent Van Gogh in his self portrait with a pipe (held in a private collection). Just what happened to the little green fellow's ear? Perhaps that's a story for another "Star Wars" prequel.
-- Misha Davenport