Luftwerk: Parallel Perspectives

May 11 - August 25, 2019

Luftwerk: Parallel Perspectives is a site-specific exhibition that uses color and light interventions to activate and interpret the McCormick House, designed by Mies van der Rohe. The installation by Luftwerk—the Chicago-based artistic collaborative of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero—heightens the senses and alters perception while celebrating the use of geometry in the mid-Century prefab prototype.

Color is central to the visual transformation of the home’s architectural nuances, and largely inspired by an idea of the original developers Robert Hall McCormick and Herbert S. Greenwald, who offered to tint windows of their proposed prefab housing “almost any shade of the rainbow.” 

The installation will include several light and color works with static and dynamic changing color relationships, including an immersive light piece that transforms a bedroom in the home, neon pieces with mirrored effects, pulsing lightboxes, and colorful glass panes. The visual effects of color impact viewers’ experiences throughout the McCormick House’s domestic environment and shifts traditional spatial perceptions of the home while celebrating Mies’ signs of the modular prototype for prefab housing. 

Parallel Perspectives is part of Bauhaus100, the global anniversary celebrations of the legendary German art school. It continues the artists’ year-long exploration of architecture by Mies, which began with the Barcelona Pavilion and will end with the Farnsworth House. 

Sponsored by contributors to EAM’s Sustaining Fellows Soiree 2018. 

Exhibition catalogue

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Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 1:00pm

Architecture Walking Tour

Due to popular demand, this walking tour with architect Robert Bunda will now be offered at 1PM AND 3PM. Registration required.

Join us to explore modern architecture in Elmhurst including buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Burley Griffin, R. Harold Zook, and Dirk Lohan. The tour departs from the Elmhurst Art Museum (150 S. Cottage Hill Ave.).

$15 member / $20 non-member
Registration Required
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

Architecture Walking Tour

Due to popular demand, this walking tour with architect Robert Bunda will now be offered at 1PM AND 3PM. Registration Required.

Join us to explore modern architecture in Elmhurst including buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Burley Griffin, R. Harold Zook, and Dirk Lohan. The tour departs from the Elmhurst Art Museum (150 S. Cottage Hill Ave.).

$15 member / $20 non-member
Registration Required
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 1:30pm

McCormick House Tour

Learn about the history and unique design of the McCormick House (1952) by Mies van der Rohe on this docent-led tour. Last summer, new restorations revealed the facade and carport entrance for the first time in over 25 years.

 

Free with admission or current membership.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:30pm

Luftwerk in conversation with Michael Rossi

Join us for a conversation about color and perception with Luftwerk and Michael Rossi. Luftwerk will present their ideas on color, specifically relating to their current exhibition Parallel Perspectives in Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House. Michael Rossi is a historian of science and medicine at the University of Chicago. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Republic of Color: Science, Perception, and the Making of Modern America.

 

Free with museum admission or current membership.

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:30pm

McCormick House Tour

Learn about the history and unique design of the McCormick House (1952) by Mies van der Rohe on this docent-led tour. Last summer, new restorations revealed the facade and carport entrance for the first time in over 25 years.

Free with admission or current membership.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

EAM/EPL Book Discussion

Join us for a fun, light summer read of "The Five Red Herrings," by Dorothy L. Sayers.  This 1931 murder mystery novel is set in Galloway, where Sandy Campbell, a talented painter, is found dead in a stream.  It's then up to Lord Peter Wimsey and his manservant Bunter to discover who forged Campbell's painting and solve the murderous crime.

Co-organized with the Elmhurst Public Library.
Please register in advance by calling (630) 834-0202.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:30pm

Exhibition Tour

Join us for an in-depth look at the current exhibitions With a Capital P: Selections by Six Painters and Parallel Perspectives.

 

Free with museum admission or current membership.