David Wallace Haskins: Polarity

September 8, 2018 - January 13, 2019

The exhibition by Chicago-based multi-media artist David Wallace Haskins will premiere multiple new projects including an interactive video work and large-scale light installation within the Museum galleries. Haskins will also premiere a site-specific installation in the Museum’s McCormick House designed by Mies van der Rohe, which is the second in a series of transformative architectural interventions.

Haskins believes small shifts in our perception can create meaningful consequences in everyday lives. His insightful projects continue traditions of the Light and Space movement through highly considered and polished works that isolate viewers’ experiences with phenomena of light, space, time, and sound. Each conceptually-driven piece invites visitors to reorient themselves to the world around them.

The Elmhurst Art Museum has supported Haskins’ artistic career with multiple projects, including Skycube (2015), which recently reopened at the Museum.

The series of contemporary artwork in the McCormick House celebrates the historic structure by Mies, especially as the recent restorations allow audiences to discover and reconsider its unique story. The installation by Haskins will put the one-story glass house designed by the famed architect in conversation with the tall skyscrapers that made him a modern icon.

Two off-site extensions of this exhibition will presented in September: the premiere of Time Mirror II at 150 Media Stream (150 North Riverside Plaza, Chicago) in which Haskins continues his work with perception and time by transforming an immersive media wall into a 150-foot digital mirror; and a Haskins virtual reality piece Time Spheres presented at EXPO Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary & modern art, at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago) September 27-30, 2018.
The architectural intervention Ascension / Descension was generously sponsored by Linda Usher, Malcolm Lambe, Kristin Lambe, and Lauren Lambe.
One wing of the McCormick House will be curated by the architects Robert Kleinschmidt and Ryan Monteleagre, complete with mid-century furnishings. Click here for more details.
Click here to read the exhibition catalogue.

Related Programs

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Artist Talk

David Wallace Haskins will give an artist talk about his solo exhibition, as well as architectural intervention, Ascension / Descension.

Free with museum admission or current membership

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

Panel Discussion: The McCormick House and the Bauhaus Dream of Pre-Fabricated Homes

 After recent restorations of the McCormick House, one of only three single family homes in the U.S. designed by Mies van der Rohe, scholarly panelists will assemble to shed new light on its importance, linking new research to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus—a legendary German school where Mies was the final Director. Scholars such as Barry Bergdoll, Robin Schuldenfrei, and Wolf Tegethoff will connect Mies van der Rohe's projects in Europe to the U.S.; the dream of prefab in the U.S. after several key German figures arrived in America (Mies, Breuer, Gropius, Wachsmann, and others); Mies van der Rohe's collaboration with urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer; general discussions about prefab designs; and more.

This program is part of the Year of Germany-American Friendship initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:30pm

EAM/EPL Book Discussion

Come discuss “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard, winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction and included in the 1998 Modern Library list of 100 Best Non-Fiction Books.

Please register in advance by calling (630) 834-0202

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1:00pm

Family Day

We invite you and your family to participate in hands-on art activities inspired by our current exhibition.

Free with museum admission or current membership