Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of Chicago’s diverse cultures, and the art and design legacy they have brought into being.
An initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art, more than 30 exhibitions in partnership with over 50 museums, art centers, universities and other cultural institutions give voice to Chicago’s vital role as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce.
Art Design Chicago programming continues throughout 2018 and into 2019. Here are just eight fall exhibitions you shouldn't miss.
1. YASUHIRO ISHIMOTO: SOMEDAY, CHICAGO
September 6-December 16, 2018
DePaul Art Museum
935 W Fullerton Ave (Lincoln Park/DePaul)
Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Untitled, Chicago (El Over River) (detail), c. 1950. DePaul Art Museum
Japanese-American photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto has strong ties with Chicago. Not only did he make Chicago his home for more than a decade, but he also developed his unique, yet signature, modernist vision while here. Someday, Chicago traces Ishimoto's arrival in Chicago, his documentation of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, and his influence over an entire generation of artists in Japan.
About DePaul Art Museum: Housing more than 3000 objects in its permanent collection, DePaul Art Museum boasts strengths in North American and Latin American photography, WPA-era prints, contemporary and traditional West African art, and Eastern European graphic arts. The museum is located in the heart of Lincoln Park on DePaul University’s campus.
2. SOUTH SIDE STORIES: THE TIME IS NOW! ART WORLDS OF CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE, 1960-1980
September 13-December 30, 2018
Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S Greenwood Ave
Gerald Williams, Messages, 1970, Acrylic on canvas. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, The Paul and Miriam Kirkley Fund for Acquisitions, 2017.8.
The Time is Now! explores the influence of the South Side’s art community on city culture of the 1960s and 1970s. Artists who made the South Side their home and inspiration charted new art courses, challenged the political status quo, and ultimately helped to reimagine the future. Note: This exhibition is presented in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History.
About Smart Museum of Art: Nestled on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, the Smart Museum houses more than 15,000 artworks, ranging from European paintings and Asian arts to contemporary and modern art. This is also home to The H. C. Westermann Study Collection, which is one of the most significant public collections of artwork and archival material related to the artist’s life and work.
3. HAIRY WHO? 1966-1969
September 27, 2018-January 6, 2019
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave
General Admission: $25; Thursdays free admission for Illinois residents
Karl Wirsum, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (detail), 1968. The Art Institute of Chicago
This is the first major, comprehensive retrospective to focus exclusively on the groundbreaking Hairy Who of the 1960s, held on the 50th anniversary of the group’s final Chicago show. This self-named, self-organized group of six artists – Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca and Karl Wirsum – presented six exhibitions across the country over the course of four years ... and that alone was enough to create lasting influence. Together, their inventive and outrageous artwork, comic books, and posters transformed the artistic landscape on an international scale.
About the Art Institute of Chicago: Founded in 1879, the Art Institute is one of the oldest art museums in the United States. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art outside the Louvre among its more than 300 thousand pieces of art, which span thousands of centuries.
4. PICTURES FROM AN EXPOSITION: VISUALIZING THE 1893 WORLD’S FAIR
September 28-December 31, 2018
60 W Walton St
Hubert Howe Bancroft, A Summer Day at the Exposition from “The Book of the Fair” (detail), 1893. The Newberry Library
As one of the most spectacular events in an age of spectacular events, the World’s Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893, captured imaginations and exalted senses the country over. The current exhibition features works of art, manuscripts, books and ephemera from the Newberry Library’s collection to provide a glimpse into the multifaceted realms of the World’s Fair.
About Newberry Library: The Newberry is a world-renowned independent research library, providing access to a noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries.
5. THE MANY HATS OF RALPH ARNOLD: ART, IDENTITY AND POLITICS
October 11-December 21, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
600 S Michigan Ave
Ralph Arnold, Who You/Yeah Baby (detail) c. 1968. DePaul Art Museum, Reproduced with permission from The Pauls Foundation
The 60s and 70s were tumultuous decades socially and racially. During this time, prolific artist Ralph Arnold created collages that appropriated and commented on the manner in which mass media portrayed gender, sexuality, race and politics. The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold explores the artist’s complex visual arrangements and mixed media presentations (including photography, painting and text), building upon his own identity as a black, gay veteran and prominent member of the Chicago arts community.
About the Museum of Contemporary Photography: The Museum of Contemporary Photography is a small but mighty museum, regularly carrying the work of local photographers. The museum’s Midwest Photographers Project cycles through new and established midwest photographers, each examining a different social experience, from the slums of Mumbai to electronics and teens.
6. KEEP MOVING: DESIGNING CHICAGO’S BICYCLE CULTURE
October 27, 2018-March 3, 2019
Chicago Design Museum
108 N State St, 3rdFloor
America Cycle Manufacturing Company, Advertisement for “The America” (detail) c. 1898. Chicago Design Museum
At the end of the 19thcentury, when bicycle culture was at its peak, Chicago was renowned as a hub of bicycle manufacturing. However, focus soon shifted to the glamor of cars and planes, and, conversely, the desolation of the Great Depression. The Chicago Design Museum’s exhibition explores the contribution Chicago made to the evolution of bicycle culture in America, from its early days of popularity to today’s resurgence.
About the Chicago Design Museum: Located at Block 37 on State Street (aka shopping mecca), this tiny (and free) museum displays incredibly creative changing exhibits on everything from design to architecture.
7. AFRICAN AMERICAN DESIGNERS IN CHICAGO: ART, COMMERCE AND THE POLITICS OF RACE
October 27, 2018-March 3 2019
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Robert Savon Pious, American Negro Exposition (detail), 1940. Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago
African American designers exerted formidable influence over Chicago’s creative world, as the Chicago Cultural Center’s fall exhibition shows. Featuring a wide range of work, from cartooning and sign painting to illustration and product design, “this exhibition is the first to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in a major hub of American advertising and consumer culture.”
About the Chicago Cultural Center: Opened in 1897, the "People's Palace" stretches from Washington to Randolph Streets, and Michigan Avenue to Garland Court. The building was designed in the Classical Revival style, taking inspiration from the monumental structures of Ancient Greece and Rome. Most notable is a luminous 38-foot-diameter dome by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company of New York. Restored in 2008, it is the largest Tiffany dome in the world, containing approximately 30,000 individual glass pieces. The Chicago Cultural Center is listed as a Chicago Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places
8. MODERN BY DESIGN: CHICAGO STREAMLINES AMERICA
October 27, 2018-December 2, 2019
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
General Admission: $19; Tuesdays 12:30-9pm free to Illinois residents
Coffee set, designed by Michael McArdle and made by the Chicago Flexible Shaft Company, 1935. Chicago History Museum
Chicago’s creative influence cannot be understated. The Chicago History Museum’s exhibition showcases more than 200 objects, photographs and documents dating from the 1930s-1950s to reveal the scale of Chicago’s impact on the world of design, manufacturing and mass production.
About the Chicago History Museum: The Chicago History Museum shares Chicago’s stories, through a collection that spansprints and photographs, archives and manuscripts, architectural drawings and records, architectural fragments and models, costumes, textiles, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and other artifacts and works of art.