Elmhurst Art Museum, the home of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House (1952), is organizing Mies in Chicago, a new long-term exhibition that will be the first to focus exclusively on Mies’ career-making work in Chicago, where he completed 18 of his 24 US projects. Presenting new critical and scholarly analysis, the exhibition will include scale models, archival drawings, photographs, videos and interviews to fully explore the circumstances and personalities behind Mies’ influential Chicago practice that expressed the industrial spirit and technological advancements of the 20th century. The exhibit serves as an introduction to Mies for a broad audience, providing dynamic visuals alongside crucial information about each project and Mies’ experiments with glass curtain walls, open plazas, universal space and the structural and technological innovations that allowed these features.
Curated by Barry Bergdoll, Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.