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“Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention” at The Art Institute of Chicago

September 17, 2011–January 15, 2012
View on the Art Institute of Chicago web site

This exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of the architect’s work, and positions Goldberg’s career within a broad historical framework from his experimental origins at the Bauhaus to his visionary plans for the postwar American city.

Drawn from the museum’s Bertrand Goldberg collection and archives, the Harvard Art Museums, and private collections, the exhibition features over 100 original architectural drawings, models, photographs, and little-known examples of his graphic and furniture design. This 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 exhibition is designed by John Ronan Architects and graphic designers Studio Blue. The catalogue: Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 192-page catalogue designed by Studio Blue and published by Yale University Press.

Also on view is the photo exhibition Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson

Architect Iker Gil and photographer Andreas Larsson's project focuses on the residents of the building and the highly personal living spaces that make Marina City an energetic and diverse community. Marina City's central location, affordable apartments, and unusually wide range of amenities, including large balconies, bowling alley, theater, and marina, have long attracted creative and engaged residents. Inside Marina City explores the relationship between Bertrand Goldberg’s rigorous framework for the apartment units and the informal development of these interior spaces by residents throughout the history of the building.

Please note: there are two Goldberg exhibitions running concurrently in Chicago.
Click here for information on Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections at The Arts Club of Chicago