Happy birthday, Millennium Park! Yes, the Chicago park named for the chronological milestone now 14 years in the rearview mirror is turning 10â€”it went famously over-schedule and over-budget but we love it nonetheless. Last year 4.75 million people visited Chicagoâ€™s front yard, taking in free concerts and events, and probably taking at least as many selfies with Anish Kapoor’sÂ Cloud Gate and the flowing titanium locks ofÂ Frank Gehry‘sÂ Pritzker Pavilion in the background.
In honor of the anniversary, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is kicking off a series of shows and exhibitions that includes new work from Crown Fountain designer Jaume Plensa. Hey, Jaume! Email us if you need another face for your 40-foot LED projection!
Here at AN, we’re celebrating with ten of our favorite photographs of the park taken over the past decade and more. Take a look below.
Ludwig Mies van der Roheâ€™s archetypal modernist home, the Farnsworth House, is drowning. The banks of the Fox River served as an idyllic setting for the buildingâ€™s white steel and glass when it landed in Plano, Illinois. But lately the Fox has gone rabid, spilling over its banks three times in the past 18 years. So what to do? Preservationists are looking at installing hydraulic jacks to lift the house during floods, to the tune of about $3 million. Call it the Three Million Dollar Modernist. Ironically Mies put the house on stilts to prevent such flooding; I guess you canâ€™t outwit a wily Fox.
[Editor's Note:Â The following are reader-submitted responses in reference to Chip Lordâ€™s book review of The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning in the Near Future (â€œCar Troubleâ€ AN 11_12.18.2013_West). Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper.Â ANÂ welcomesÂ reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please firstname.lastname@example.org.Â ]
Boy, we get the shit end of every stick for being here in SoCal. Prof. Lord is right. The origami made car is the best thing hereÂ if we have to accept the reality of having cars around in 2035. The $7,000 price tag is probably the only real laugh in the book. Well done Dr. Lord.
Tax tax tax… and eliminate the individual. Thatâ€™s the future. Not appealing.
San Diego, CA
In Las Vegas, you win some and you lose some. Lining up as what must be one of the biggest busts in Sin City history, the exceptionally-botched, Foster + Partnersâ€“designed Harmon Hotel,Â now has a date with the wrecking ball. The stubby 27-story towerâ€”it was originally supposed to measure 49 stories but construction problems Â stunted its growthâ€”never opened and no one ever checked in at what would surely have been a posh front desk.
[Editor's Note: The following are reader-submitted responseÂ toÂ the article â€œA Manifesto from the Architecture Lobbyâ€ (ProtestÂ ANÂ 01_01.22.2014_MW). Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email email@example.com. ]
I read the article, â€œA Manifesto from the Architecture Lobbyâ€ and found every single word applicable to my own situation and my own firm. While we architects enjoy the perceived honor of our profession, it undermines the vocationâ€™s viability as an occupation versus a good hobby.
Rights of Way: Mobility and the City
290 Congress Street, Suite 200
Through May 26
Rights of Way: Mobility and the City examines transportation and mobility in the global city through dozens of examples of how the city is shaped by the ways people move through it. Curated by James Graham and Meredith Miller of architecture studio MILLIGRAM-office, the exhibition seeks to demonstrate that our urban environment is a result of a complicated set of negotiations between designers, policy makers, the private sector, and individual residents.
As AN reported in our recent Southwest edition, Michael Van Valkenburgh is hard at work on plans for a massive park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Â According to the article, “The community expressed a strong need for the park to accommodate not just children, but the whole family unit. Having a variety of activities for a wide age range became a primary factor in the development of the design.” The $300 million waterfront plan is expected to be complete by 2017. MVVA shared this setÂ of renderings with AN to keep us excited in the meantime.
My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay
Museum of Contemporary Photography
624 South Michigan Avenue
Through May 24
My Florence is a photographic project by renowned Chicago Photojournalist Art Shay. For over six decades, Art Shayâ€™s photographs have appeared in such periodicals as Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. In Shayâ€™s words, My Florence â€œis the story in pictures of our 67 years of marriage.â€Â The photographs in this show are primarily candid andÂ capture moments beginning with the first photograph ArtÂ took of Florence, his wife, the day they met in 1942 as 20-year-old camp counselors in the Catskills.
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Through June 8
Garry Winogrand (1928â€“1984) is best known for his photography and its portrayal of American life in the 1960s through 80s. His images depict the social issues of the day and the role of media in shaping attitudes on his subjects. Winogrand shot voraciously in the last twenty years of his life, but his editing process was far more labored. Upon his death, among his effects were discovered 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film, 6,500 rolls of developed but not proofed exposures, and contact sheets made from about 3,000 rolls. The National Gallery of Art showing is the first retrospective of his work in more than 25 years. A vast majority of the 160 photographs in the exhibition, and more than 350 in the accompanying catalogue, reveal for the first time the full breadth of Winograndâ€™s art through never-before-seen prints and proof sheets.
Eavesdrop attended the opening of William J. Oâ€™Brienâ€™s mid-career solo show on view through May 18 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago. 2014 is shaping up to be a strong one for Chicago-based artists, with this show clearly thrusting Oâ€™Brien into the upper echelon.
The Chicago Design Museum, our resident pop-up pantheon of graphic aesthetics, is looking for your help to mount the first exhibition in its new permanent home. Theyâ€™re planning a centennial show for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (hey, AIGAâ€™s as old as Wrigley!), and theyâ€™ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to get it funded (and time is really running out!). Eavesdropâ€™s been known to drop in on ChiDMâ€™s shows since its inception, so we could be persuaded to part with some cash.
An odd confluence of global statecraft and local politics could reshape ManhattanÂ super luxury real estate. The Russian/Ukraine conflict has pushed the U.S. toÂ impose sanctions on many of Russiaâ€™s richest men, the so-called oligarchs surrounding Vladimir Putin. According to the Times’ Real Estate section, the sanctions are sending a â€œchillâ€ through Manhattanâ€™s luxury developers and the brokers who serve them, since Russian buyers have acquired some of the cityâ€™s priciest properties in recent years. Time will tell if the conflict is long lasting enough to depress prices or change the dynamic of Manhattan real estate, but with Mayor de Blasioâ€™s relentless drive to create affordable housing theÂ pressure is on for developers to start paying more attention to average New Yorkers, not just global billionaires looking to stash their cash in empty apartmentsÂ overlooking Central Park.