Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Last Chance to see Modernism's Messengers: Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli (complete with curator tour) , plus new Alfonso Iannelli monograph

Update [Tuesday, August 6, 5:05 p.m.):  It appears there has been a leak at the Block Museum.   All art work is being moved to a safe location.  Designing the Future has closed prematurely, and Saturday's event with David Van Zanten has had to be cancelled.

Still adding great stuff to the August Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.
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Two essential exhibitions are entering their final days, and AIA Chicago is marking their imminent closing with two rare curator tours.  This Thursday, August 8th, Tim Samuelson will be leading a curator's tour of Modernism's Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli, which closes Saturday, August 17th.  As we've written before, it's a don't miss overview on the often troubled lives and far-too-little known - until now - work of two important Chicago artists.

2013 is becoming the year of the Iannellis' rediscovery.  Late on Thursday the 8th, at the Cliff
Dwellers, there will be a book signing of the just published Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, by David Jameson with an introduction by Tim Samuelson.  We hope to be writing soon about this marvelous, lavishly illustrated (350+ color plates), but Snap upyour copy now - I'm hearing the first printing is selling briskly.

There's an even shorter window to see another great show, at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum on Northwestern University's Evanston campus.  Drawing the Future: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 1900-1925, runs only through this Sunday, August 11th.

It's an arresting overview of the work of Marion Mahony, Tony Garnier and others. (Including one of those illustrations by Jules Guerin that launched Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago into the public imagination, where it has endured ever since.  Seen a rare opportunity to see it at its original scale, which gives a much bolder impression than the version folded into the book.)

This Saturday the 10th, AIA Chicago has also arranged for Drawing the Future curator David Van Zanten to give a gallery talk of his show, which is a great way to wrap up the run.

And while we don't cover architectural tours - there's just too many of them - on Sunday the 18th, the is mounting a South Side Jewish Chicago tour with Herb Eiseman and architect/preservationist Carey Wintergreen, starting in 1847's State Street, site of the Midwest's first synagogue, and heading down to Hyde Park and South Shore.  $40.00 for members, $45.00 non-members. Information here.
Chicago Jewish Historical Society

Even in the middle of summer, this next week is jammed-pack, with a screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at the Graham on Wednesday the 7th, and the Japanese film Termae Romae at the Cultural Center Thursday and again on Saturday the 10th, the same day there's a panel discussion of Design Education at the Institute of Design at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and Ilianna Kwaske talking about Behind Closed Doors: The Psychology of Our Domestic Spaces at MCA.

Also on Thursday the 8th, David Bagnall will talk about From Artistic to the Prairie Home: Domestic Interiors of Chicago's Gilded Age, at Fourth Presbyterian's Gratz Center.

We've also added a number of events tied in with the Cultural Center's show Spontaneous Interviews.  Add it all up and there's now nearly three dozen great items still to check out on the August Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.


1 comment:

Joan said...

Thanks for the update.