On a perfect fall day like this one, it's more than a little bit sad to be cooped up inside. I think most of us would rather be under natural sunlight than fluorescent light any day of the week. Which is why I think Jonathan Olivares's exhibition at the Art Institute, The Outdoor Office, is so brilliant.
As you might expect from the name, the exhibition explores the possibility of working out of doors. As a designer, Olivares became interested in this project because he noticed that there isn't really any office furniture that's meant to go outdoors. So the exhibition takes a look at historical and present-day examples of people working outside—from Plato's Academy to a 1930s French classroom to disaster relief in Haiti to Google's headquarters—for inspiration. Then it considers several conceptual projects (pictured above) that feature designs for new types of offices and furniture. Just think about it...it's good for the environment since we'd cut down on electricity and HVAC costs and the world we live in becomes more and more mobile all the time anyway.
I guess the only tiny problem is...the average temperature in January in Chicago is 22 degrees. Miami might be a better test market.
17 hours 28 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago This bronze by Daniel Chester French is a reduced version of the full-size statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., which French worked on with the architect Henry Bacon. The Lincoln Memorial has remained a cherished destination at the National Mall since its dedication in 1922.
Find French's historic depiction of Lincoln in our galleries of American art.
2 days 19 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950
During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.
Abstract Experiments provides an illuminating complement to Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and reflects the Art Institute’s recent efforts to expand its holdings of Latin American painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
3 days 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period and is recognized for inspiring Tropicália, a powerful movement that influenced art across media in Brazil.
In addition to viewing his early works on paper, visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations, view Amazonian parrots, and try on wearable objects designed by the artist.