Past Exhibitions

Selections from the Collection in Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House

December 12, 2015 - February 21, 2016

Both wings of the McCormick House are open for exploration.  In addition to installation and audio work by Biennial artists Lise Haller Baggesen and Maria Gaspar, art and mid-century modern furniture from EAM’s Collection are installed in the north wing. Works by Sonia Delauney, Richard Florsheim, Richard Koppe, Peter Saul, Leslie Baum, Josh Garber and Beth Reisman are on view. Read More ›

Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements

December 12, 2015 - February 21, 2016

Chicago artists have something to say. Taking on the role of cultural commentator, facilitator, advocate or activist, many artists in Chicago are actively engaged with their communities and the pressing and often highly-charged social issues of our day. Celebrating this artistic approach, Elmhurst Art Museum’s inaugural Biennial, Chicago Statements, provides nineteen artists with a wide-reaching public platform for their messages, their voices and their revelations that address imbalances of power, access and resources. Read More ›

A Community Art Project: The Poet-tree Forest

December 12, 2015 - February 21, 2016

Created by Donna Castellanos using salvaged encyclopedias, dictionaries and books. We invite you to create and participate in our winter wonderland of words and positive thoughts.Search for words in the dictionary that are special, inspiring or just make you smile, punch them out and paste onto the snowy word blizzard.Create your own poem using cut out words, phrases, pictures, or write your own. Paste them on a cardboard “branch” then hang on the tree. Read More ›

No Place Like House

September 8 - November 29, 2015

Continuing the Museum’s “In the House” series, Chicago architectural designer and critic Andrew Santa Lucia will create a series of altars in the McCormick House, using both the living room space and the newly opened west wing, to transport viewers into a temple of images, objects and offerings. This site-specific installation is guided by “Miesian Mysticism,” a fictional religion uncovered by Santa Lucia in Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, that narrativizes through rituals Mies’s essential design contributions to the discipline of architecture. Read More ›