Despite the fickle nature of April weather in Chicago, we’re convinced that summer will be upon us before we know it. Which means it’s almost time for the Mies Society’s annual art exhibition in Crown Hall.
After the College of Architecture students have left for the summer, we uphold Crown Hall’s role as a “home of ideas and adventures" by hosting an annual art exhibition. This summer we will welcome two Chicago-based artists.
In June, we’ll see the work of Jeff Carter, whose scale models made from IKEA furniture replicate the Michael Reese Hospital buildings—designed by Bauhaus founder, Walter Gropius—that were demolished last year. This installation comments on IKEA’s marketing of design-centric living using products of limited durability and on how this concept both embraces and rejects tenets of Modernist ideology. Get a sneak peak from this Chicagoist article about Carter’s work.
In addition, an interactive installation by Christopher Furman’s Chicago Robotic Theater will tell a story about memory and decision-making in the wide-open space of Crown Hall—free from obstacles to memories, ideas, dreams, or nostalgia. IIT students will collaborate with Furman to program the robots, and the exhibition’s parts will be fabricated in the university’s Idea Shop.
More details—and warmer weather—to come.
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