One of the most important years in modern history, 1945 marked the end of a conflict that united many western democracies and some communist adversaries in a struggle for survival against the Axis powers led by Germany, Italy, and Japan. Although the sociopolitical impact of World War II is the subject of numerous books, films, lectures, and television shows, the contribution to the war effort by visual arts professionals—artists, architects, and industrial designers—has been barely touched upon.
This publication outlines the work of several practitioners, many of whom worked in and around the Chicago area, during and immediately after the war. Architects Bruce Goff, Bertrand Goldberg, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and L. Morgan Yost, and designers Henry P. Glass and Richard Ten Eyck are featured, showcasing a vast range of ideas on prefabricated structures, cost- and material-efficient housing, and functional design objects. Presented to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, this catalogue elucidates that architects and designers put their creativity to work in the war effort, and, at the war’s end, helped rebuild respective environments into a new society.
Art Institute of Chicago, 2005 40 pages; 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.; 35 illustrations ISBN 0-86559-218-7
5 hours 1 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
6 hours 53 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 2 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory