About this artwork
In 1922, the editors of the Chicago Tribune, Colonel Robert R. McCormick and Captain Joseph M. Patterson, hosted a competition to redesign the Chicago Tribune Tower in hopes of creating an architectural representation of the radical philosophies held by the editors. This competition was thought to represent the contemporaneous state of architecture and has always been regarded as a milestone of American architecture. The 1980 counterpart to the Tribune competition was not intended as a competition at all, but as an exhibition of architects from all over the world. Unlike the original competition, this was an invitation only endeavor, and over 100 architects were invited. The exhibition, “The Late Entries to the Chicago Tribune Competition,” was an idea by architect Ben Weese further developed by architects Stanley Tigerman, Stuart E. Cohen and the owner of the Young Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, Rhona Hoffman. The exhibition opened on May 31, 1980. The developers wanted each competitor to represent a point of view or theoretical position, as well as represent a cross-section of progressive western thought. The outcome was that the styles, media, colors and intentions ranged greatly. Submissions to “Late Entries” did not limit themselves to functional buildings, but also to metaphorical and imaginary designs.
Related material can also be found in the Tribune Tower Collection.
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Contact the Ryerson and Burnham Art and Architecture Archives:
- Currently Off View
- AIC Archives
- Benjamin H. Weese (Architect)
- Late Entries to the Chicago Tribune Competition Collection
- Made 1980
- Printed papers, color slides and black and white photographic prints.
- H.: 15.3 cm (6 in.)
- Gift of Rhona Hoffman, 2002.