4 West Burton Place
Through April 5
Judy Ledgerwoodâ€™s Chromatic Patterns is a site-specific work that transforms the lower galleries of the Graham Foundationâ€™s historic Madlener House in Chicago. The house was designed by Richard E. Schmidt and Hugh M. G. Garden and built in 1901â€“02. Judy Ledgerwood is a Chicago-based painter and educator. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, an Artadia Award, a Tiffany Award in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and an Illinois Art Council Award. This exhibition surrounds the visitor in vibrant colors with a vibrant floral motif that almost mimics the houseâ€™s prairie style ornamentation. This installation examines the effect of paint on architecture, specifically the wall coveringâ€™s ability to produce new effects and feelings about a space. In this work, Ledgerwood uses ornamentation to change visitorsâ€™ perception of the ornamentation in the Madlener Houseâ€™s lower galleries, highlighting the divergent ways that pattern, color, ornamentation, and surface have been coded, gendered, repressed, and embraced in art and architecture.