Installation View of Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Untitled Film (Red) / McCormick House. Photography by James Prinz
Installation View of Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Untitled Film (Red) / McCormick House. Photography by James Prinz

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Untitled Film (Red)

June 10 – August 26, 2018

In tandem with the revelation of the building’s full exterior for the first time in over 20 years, internationally acclaimed artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle has created an immersive architectural intervention within Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House.

Titled, Untitled Film (Red), Manglano-Ovalle’s immersive intervention radically alters the experience of the house and all its views to the exterior. Viewers are immersed in color saturation as their expectations of the house’s nuances are disrupted by simple gesture of applying red celluloid to the glass curtain walls Mies is known for.

Red permeates the whole of the environment, including the visitor and their view of the exterior. It is a color with optical, emotive, psychological, social, as well as political connotations. Its meaning is filtered by a set of individual interpretations which in turn are colored by historical and cultural associations we assign to red.

Manglano-Ovalle’s architectural interventions have included projects at Mies’s Farnsworth House, Barcelona Pavilion, S.R. Crown Hall at IIT, and Neue National Galerie, Berlin, as well as the fabrication of the architect’s 1951 proposal for the as-yet-unbuilt House with Four Columns.

Press highlights:

Chicago Tribune “A less-is-more restoration of a Mies house expands our view of a little-known episode in the famed architect’s career” by Blair Kamin
New City “Design Top 5: June 2018“ by Vasia Rigou
Chicago Architect “Elmhurst Art Museum McCormick House Renovations: Liberating a Little-Known Mies House” by Chelsea Ross
Chicago Tribune “Elmhurst Art Museum opens Mies van der Rohe exhibit” by Graydon Megan
WDCB The Arts Section “Polishing An Architectural Gem” by Gary Zidek