Monday, November 22, 2010

Photography Exhibition: The Art Institute of Chicago - Looking after Louis Sullivan

Louis H. Sullivan. Gage Building: Horizontal Ornament from the Facade (detail), 1898–1899The Art Institute of Chicago, regularly has extraordinary photographic exhibitions. This exhibition, Looking after Louis Sullivan: Photographs, Drawings, and Fragments is a great example of a wonderful study of a great architect by photographers of the mid 20th century.

This exhibition will run through December 12, 2010
In the 1950s, the photographers John Szarkowski, Aaron Siskind, and Richard Nickel embarked on in-depth photographic explorations of structures designed by the renowned architect Louis Sullivan, whose commercial buildings and theaters of the 1880s and early 1890s broke with historical precedents, displaying a radical, organic fusion of formal and functional elements. Attracted to Sullivan’s renegade American spirit and uncompromising values, Szarkowski, Siskind, and Nickel also found inspiration in the play of light over his ornamented facades and the dynamism of his buildings within the bustling city of Chicago. The interest of these photographers came at a critical moment, when many of Sullivan’s most important structures were being threatened with demolition in the service of urban renewal; their photographs illustrated the fragile existence of his architecture and provided new impetus for its preservation.
Looking after Louis Sullivan explores how these photographers employed the camera to document and interpret Sullivan’s architecture and, in the process, helped shape his legacy.
If you’re in the Chicago area before this exhibition leaves, I strongly suggest you take it in.

As I travel, I love seeing the work of other photographers as I hope you do. If you know of a new photographic exhibition which you think the Blog should publicize, please contact me.

1 comment:

Shamima Sultana said...

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