One of the beauties of Elmhurst Art Museum is that when we rotate exhibitions, we really mean change. After New American Paintings closed last weekend, we quickly transformed the gallery spaces in preparation for our upcoming architectural exhibitions. Below you can view some behind-the-scenes images of our metamorphosis as it is occurring.
The main galleries have been painted hues of grey specific to Lessons From Modernism: Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925 - 1970. Gorgeous models of each of the 25 architectural examples will fill the ground space, with texts and graphic images on the walls.
As visitors exit Lessons From Modernism, they will enter Lessons From the Fick Home, one of two projects that Andrew Santa Lucia and his collaborators will be exhibiting at the museum. This exhibition critically analyzes the McCormick house both as an object and subject, and moves between its mythical historiography and lesser-known livability.
Moving into the McCormick House, Santa Lucia's intervention No Place Like House is underway, with walls in the process of being built on-site to create spaces for reflection on Mies and modernism. As a shrine to Miesian design, it's interesting to see the development of specific structural elements, like I-beams and cross pillars, incorporated into the overall scheme's skeleton.
The galleries will reopen in September, but in the meantime we're making a smooth transition into the next exhibitions. We're looking forward to the final results, and hope to see you architecture aficionados and art appreciators at the opening celebrations!