Join Docomomo US Chicago as a part of the nation-wide “Tour Day” of modern spaces, buildings, and neighborhoods. This year, the group will explore modern plazas and art, both interior and exterior, in Chicago’s Loop. Throughout the day, Docomomo Chicago will be stationed in the lobby of the Inland Steel Building in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center's annual Open House Chicago event. Inland Steel, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1956, pioneered the use of flexible interior space. Its lobby is a masterpiece of Modernist design and includes Richard Lippold’s sculpture “Radiant I”, commissioned for the space.
A walking tour (offered twice) will examine the landscapes, architecture, and monumental artwork in several iconic urban plazas: the Chicago Federal Center, home to Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo”; the James R. Thompson Center, home to Jean Dubuffet’s “Monument with Standing Beast”; the Daley Plaza and its “Untitled” Picasso sculpture; Brunswick Plaza, home to Juan Miró’s “Miro’s Chicago”; and the Chase Tower, home to Marc Chagall’s ”Four Seasons”.
Both tours will be led by Michael Finn, landscape architect and fine arts specialist with the General Services Administration; Doug Stapleton, curator at the Illinois State Museum; and Jason Molchanow, curator for the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.
The tours are free and open to all. Advance registration is appreciated. Tour attendees will receive a free brochure of public art in Chicago.
Join us for four days of engaging programming, including exclusive tours and rare glimpses inside modern masterpieces. Engage in conversations with visionary leaders in architecture, art, design, and community. Created in partnership with Docomomo US and Exhibit Columbus – the National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, is also developed in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Indiana and Kentucky Chapters and the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.
Visit the 2018 National Symposium website for more information.
Come join your fellow Docomomo Chicago members, friends, and loved ones in this first annual summer social! Take a trip to Blue Island, to visit Bertrand Goldberg's Heimbach House. Built in 1939-1940, the Heimbach House is the 10th work of Goldberg's 46 life works, featuring modern design elements of the architect's Bauhaus training. Built two decades before the architect's famed Marina City development, the Heimbach House represents the seeds of greatness to come for Goldberg providing a fitting gathering place to celebrate all of Docomomo Chicago's successes in the past year.
Fisher house, Winnetka, IL, 1929
Docomomo US/Chicago and the IIT College of Architecture invite you to a lecture and reception on Modern designer Harry Bertoia.
Join Docomomo US/Chicago for an exclusive members only tour of the current restoration project of Mies van der Rohe's McCormick house at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Project architect Heidi Granke, AIA, will give an overview of the project followed by a tour of the work in progress.
The Association for Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter, in collaboration with Docomomo US/Chicago and the IIT College of Architecture invite you to a symposium on the Preservation Challenges of Modernist Structures.
A majority of modern buildings and sites that were designed and constructed during the 20th Century are now more than 50 years old, the time frame when many would consider a structure to be historic. A large number of these structures (and even those considered to be Postmodern) are now at a point in their lifecycles where intervention is required whether due to deterioration, neglect, misguided modifications over time, or other factors. This symposium attempts to address the challenges and issues surrounding the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or reconstruction of modern structures.
For professionals, the event provides 5.5 CEUs.
Click here to register for the Symposium. Docomomo members receive discounted registration.