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“Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections” at The Arts Club of Chicago

Open House December 17, 2011 Open to the public

CHICAGO, 29 July 2011 - The Arts Club of Chicago is hosting an open house for the exhibition Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections on 17 December 2011 from 10-4. The show consists of architect Bertrand Goldberg’s personal collection of art and artifacts, interspersed with Goldberg-designed buildings, furniture, fabrications and jewelry. Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections will be on view through 8 February 2012.

The Arts Club of Chicago’s exhibition compliments a retrospective show at the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention (17 September 2011 – 15 January 2012). In contrast, Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections is a more personal look at the sources of and influences on Goldberg’s vision. It provides a look at his personal collection of art and artifacts, friendships with artists and intellectuals, personal photographs, and his designs for furniture, jewelry, and functional fabrications, to provide a deeper understanding of the man behind the public image. Unlike many architects, Goldberg did not keep a sketchbook, preferring to solve problems directly. Goldberg’s many layered solutions seem to come organically from the objects that he chose to surround himself with: works by fellow Bauhaus-associated artists Paul Klee and Max Bill, his teacher Josef Albers; cultural artifacts; and sculpture made by his mother-in-law, abstract/constructivist artist Lillian Florsheim. The Arts Club’s exhibition is a rare glimpse into the “studio” of one of the most innovative architects of the 20th century.

Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections has been designed and installed by architects John Vinci, FAIA, and Geoff Goldberg, AIA. John Vinci, FAIA, of Vinci Hamp Architects, Inc., has been a principal of his own architecture firms since 1969. Vinci has an established reputation in the restoration of historic architecture, the design of new buildings, as well as museum design and exhibition installation.

Geoff Goldberg, AIA, has practiced architecture and urban design in Chicago for the past 25 years. He worked with his father at Bertrand Goldberg Associates for many years. He founded his own firm in 1992. His work has received awards for both design and planning; he has taught architecture for many years at University of Illinois, and recently urban design at Harvard University. He has also been active in organizing the Bertrand Goldberg archive.

The Arts Club of Chicago is located at 201 East Ontario Street, on the southeast corner of Saint Clair and Ontario Streets. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please contact Allie Foradas at 312.787.3997 or for further information.

Please note: there are two Goldberg exhibitions running concurrently in Chicago.
Click here for information on Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention at The Art Institute of Chicago

“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