Just last month Eaves dropped in on the Chicago Design Museum for the launch of itsÂ Kickstarter campaign, which sought funding for the institutionâ€™s first summer exhibition in a new permanent space. Well, that space has been revealed, and itâ€™s every Chicagoanâ€™s favorite downtown boondoggle. No, not the Spire. Or the Post Office. Never mindâ€”itâ€™s Block Thirty Seven! Thatâ€™s right, it turns out the largely vacant downtown mall has 5,000 square feet free for ChiDM (and probably a lot more). A good chance to remind yourself that the buildingâ€™s still there, looming above the Red Line-Blue Line transfer.
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.
It looks like design history is in the air here in Chicago. The Chicago Design Museum is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to launch an exhibition looking back at 100 years of graphic arts. ChicagoismsÂ just opened at The Art Instituteâ€”a meditation on Chicagoâ€™s architectural history and mythology that builds off a previous exhibition of unbuilt work reviewed here.
Now another exhibit glances at Chicago’s design history to better assess its present and future.