Chicago Architecture Biennial — Gerard & Kelly: Modern Living

September 16, 2017—January 7, 2018

City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Ave.

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The City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower will showcase the first two chapters of Gerard & Kelly’s Modern Living as an installation of two videos filmed on location at The Glass House and Schindler House. Alongside these videos will be an exhibition of James Welling’s colorized images documenting the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive Apartments, both by Mies van der Rohe and closely associated with the modern movement of the 1950s. Welling manipulates the imagery using a series of techniques borrowed from the experimental photography scene of the 1960s. The resulting layered, multiple-exposure images result in what Jesús Vassallo describes as a kind of “psychedelic Mies,” yielding unexpected and completely new works that defamiliarize, produce new readings and suggest future possibilities.

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