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Around the World in Travel Sketches

June 17, 2014–September 1, 2014
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

Drawn from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries’ archives, this selection of sketches from artists’ and architects’ papers offers insight into the travelers’ personal experiences and their visual responses. The exhibition includes sketches from renowned Chicago architects Peirce Anderson, Edward Bennett, Daniel Burnham, Alfred Shaw, Howard van Doren Shaw, Bertram Weber, and Harry Weese; complementing their work are sketches from Chicago artists Ivan Albright and Martyl. The act of sketching, meant to document delightful curiosities or pleasurable events to be recalled later, establishes a more permanent image in the mind and memory of both artists and architects. In Creation is a Patient Search (1960), Le Corbusier sums up the process: “When one travels and works with visual things…one uses one’s eyes and draws so as to fix deep down in one’s experience what is seen. Once the impression has been recorded by the pencil, it stays for good, entered, registered, inscribed. The camera is a tool for idlers, who use a machine to do their seeing for them.”

Please note library exhibitions are available on weekdays only.

Alfred P. Shaw. Nouailles, July 18, 1914.