September 30, 2011

Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention

Currently on exhibit at the The Art Institute of Chicago, is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Chicago Architect Bertrand Goldberg. His design style is highly recognizable and sculptural, in the Chicago skyline. Marina City, pictured above in both sketch and model form, were considered “ground breaking” design  (1959-1967). The exhibit has more than 100 drawings, models and photographs on display. An impressive collection, it is definitely worth the trip.

Built in 1975, Prentice Women’s Hospital pictured above, is currently in danger of demolition, as it is not protected under Chicago Landmark status. In partnership with Preservation Chicago, DoCoMoMo, and the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a coalition has been formed to advocate for the preservation of this irreplaceable Modern building.

“Drawn from the museum’s Bertrand Goldberg collection and archives, the Harvard Art Museums, and several private collections, the exhibition features over 100 original architectural drawings, models, photographs, and little-known examples of his graphic and furniture design. The trajectory of this thematic exploration of Goldberg’s work mirrors the changing priorities of American culture at large: his early work with prefabrication and low-cost housing, his projects for middle class leisure culture in the 1950s, his expanded engagement with new cultural programs throughout the 1960s, and then finally his large-scale projects for hospitals and urban planning in his later practice.  Goldberg developed relationships with some of the most prominent modern architects in the United States including Buckminster Fuller, George Fred Keck, and his mentor, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. As his practice increased in scale, Goldberg’s alternative urban model for “the city within a city” found a strong following of international architects and critics including Reyner Banham, the Japanese Metabolists, and members of the British Archigram group. A fitting homage to one of Chicago’s great builders, this exhibition showcases Goldberg’s work at its most inventive and progressive, and resonates with the multidisciplinary practices of today’s architects and designers.” The Art Institute of Chicago

Excerpts from the exhibit page at the The Art Institute of Chicago , and images found here.

Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Through January 15, 2012

 

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