Sunday, December 04, 2011

Bertrand Goldberg Reflections Open House, percussive Taliesen, North Grant Park, Rüedi Ray's Bauhaus Dream House, Cannon's Sullivan, Dahlman's Marina City, Teshigahara's Antonio Gaudi - and more holiday events on the December Calendar

Even with things winding down for the holidays, there's still over three dozen great programs on the December 2011 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.

Toplined is a special open house for Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections, at the Arts Club of Chicago,  201 East Ontario, on December 17th 10:a.m. to 4:00 p.m. .  This may be your only chance to see this don't-miss exhibition, which I expect to be writing about this week, on a Saturday, liberated from the Arts Club's usual bankers hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The day will include gallery talks at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.

There's a lot there in December, including volume 20 of the 20-slides-20-seconds each presentations of Pecha Kucha Chicago, at Martyr's on Tuesday the 6th.   Wednesday the 7th, updated plans will be unveiled for the North Grant Park (a/k/a/ Daley Bicentennial Plaza) Project, this time at the Fairmont Hotel, while at  CAF lunchtime, Katerina Rüedi Ray discusses her new book Bauhaus Dream-house: Modernity and Globalization.  On Thursday the 8th, Friends of Downtown's annual meeting will feature a presentation by Steven Dahlman, the man behind the essential website Marina City Online.  That weekend, Glessner House will be offering its annual Holiday Candlelight Tours of both the H.H. Richardson mansion and the historic Clarke House.

On Sunday, December 11th at the Cultural Center, the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble will be offering the Chicago premiere of Common Parts in Uncommon Time, a new work by David Skidmore celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen.  On Wednesday the 14th, the last CAF lunchtime lecture this year features Patrick F. Cannon discussing his new book, Louis Sullivan, Tragedy and Triumph.

There'll be a Holiday Party/ Book Sale at the Graham on Thursday the 15th, Kim Nigro at Chicago Women in Architecture's Party and Silent Auction benefiting their scholarship fund at Häfele this Thursday, and the annual meeting and Awards Presentation at the Rebuilding Exchange on Friday. On Saturday, the 10th, Rush-Presbyterian will be offering public tours of its spectacular new building by Perkins+Will.  And 2011 ends from December 16th through the 23rd with what's become a Gene Siskel Film Center holiday tradition:  Hiroshi Teshigahara's hypnotic documentary, Antonio Gaudi.

Check out all the great items on the December Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.

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