Monday, June 17, 2013


There is a spectacular new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.    Now through August 18, 2013,  Sharing Space: Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design, is the must-see show for all architecture, engineering, and design buffs.

"From the powerful effect of color to the rigor of geometry, this exhibition mimes the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture and Design to expose common creative concepts and formal strategies across the fields of architecture and design.  Including works from architects, urban planners, graphic designers, and industrial designers created from the 1940's to 2012, this broadly thematic organization highlights important acquisitions and gems of the collection presenting visitors with new and unexpected relationships among these various interwoven disciplines.  For example, architects Doug Garofalo and David Leary, used color in the conceptual strategy in the 1991 Camouflage House, to simultaneously to hide and define the contours of the building within the landscape.  Similarly,  a glass table designed by Johanna Grawunder in 2010, has radical supports in vivid translucent hues that blur the boundaries of the object when viewed from different angles.  While the theory and visual languages underpinning these two objects diverge, the juxtaposition creates a new argument for an underlying relationshop stemming from their shared use od color.

Groupings throughout the exhibition, based on similar approaches to geometry and structure among others, invoke fresh readings of well-known works and allow new connections to emerge across a large range of media and varying scales.  In this way, the presentation reveals nuanced relationships and deep structural connections that run through this selection of exceptional modern and contemporary works."  **

**From the Art Institute of Chicago review on the exhibition.

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