Bertrand Goldberg was born in 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, and received his training in architecture from 1930 through 1936 at several institutions, including the Cambridge School of Landscape Architecture (now incorporated into Harvard University); the Bauhaus in Berlin, Germany; Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology) in Chicago; and also through a tutorial with engineer Frank Nydam. He worked in the offices of George Fred Keck (1935) and Paul Schweikher (1935-36) before organizing his own firm in 1937. During World War II, Goldberg was active under the Lanham Act designing housing and mobile penicillin laboratories for the U.S. government. Goldberg's distinctive designs often required innovative technology, as seen in such noted Chicago buildings as Marina City, the Raymond Hilliard Homes, and River City. He was the recipient of numerous awards and his work was the subject of many exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Goldberg was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1966, and was awarded the Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 1985. Goldberg died in Chicago in 1997.
Goldberg speaks about study at the Cambridge School of Landscape Architecture; study with Mies van der Rohe and colleagues at the Bauhaus in Berlin; experiences in pre-war Germany; working for George Fred Keck; working for Paul Schweikher; Mies in Chicago; Mies's visit to Taliesin to see Frank Lloyd Wright; designs for use during WW II; prefabrication; mast-hung structures; designing and building Marina City, the Raymond Hilliard Homes, and River City.
Standard Houses; Suitland, Maryland, 1941. Bertrand Goldberg Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.
Elevation and section for the Raymond Hilliard Homes; Chicago, 1963. Department of Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago.
"I think...the difference between regarding architecture as the design of art objects as pure design [is] in a sense unrelated to the way in which the building will be used. It's the difference between looking at architecture as an art object, as a three-dimensional painting, as a convenient exploration for an art critic, and regarding architecture as a kind of sociological art form that participates in the development of the community, that participates in the further development of the--I hate to use the word functional because it's a throwback to another period--but what I have described to you are the designs which come out of a wedding between the space as used and the people who use the space. In a sense, the building is a comment, a statement, a mirror of the way each person in that building will reach out and either surround himself with that space or touch the space or remodel the space....I don't see buildings being divorced from the people inside the buildings or outside the buildings even. Everybody hugs the building in some form. It's a sensuous kind of experience." (pp. 292-293)
35 min 46 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
See three paintings by Mary Cassatt now on view: http://bit.ly/2nl9Z68
Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
4 hours 40 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
Check out the new exhibition Go with special tours and late-night access. And catch live performances by Monakr and Mano.
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