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.

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