click images for larger viewDoug was the subject of the second article I ever wrote about architecture, for the Chicago Reader, about his temporary 2003 installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the wonderful way, with form and color, he counterbalanced the stolid, slightly totalitarian bulk of a building by Josef Paul Kleihues. Working with his students, he created a work that ragtag, improvisational and inspired, breaking apart the Museum Building's overbearing "This is the way it is" with a sequence of "or it could be this, or maybe this, or even this . . .", including an amorphous egg-yolk-like pod that dared people to lounge in it.
Ten Visions exhibition at the Art Institute, choosing again a transformative theme responding to the fact that then recently issued 2020 Plan for Chicago, as opposed to Daniel Burnham's plan of 1909, was all but completely devoid of imagery, a dry rustle of academic musings that Doug and his students strove to "illuminate" with an array of creative proposals, set in a gallery that showed Doug's mastery of innovative materials, including a floor of spun aluminum.
Hyde Park Arts Center, making the very facade dynamic, with the upper level a giant projection screen, allowing the museum to literally wear its art - ever changing - on its very body.