150 South Cottage Hill Ave

2019

Two-months stay at Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

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The McCormick House's current lack of a kitchen and functioning bathroom required an expansion of the floorplan to its surroundings to create a livable situation

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House on its original property, 299 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL, in the 1950s (Source: Hedrich Blessing Archive / Chicago Historical Society)

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Relocated house (turned by 90 degrees) at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 South Cottage Hill Ave

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Installation view; objects and furniture were provided by the artist except for the loaned MR chair; photograph: Jim Prinz

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The roles of objects were fluid, moving between furnishing and art, accommodation and improvisation

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Former kitchen area; Untitled (Stainless Steel), 2019, 30 in. x 60 in x 2 in., rare earth magnets, wire, wood dowel

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Card from the Exquisite Corpse card set, posted on the Untitled piece

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Exquisite Corpse, a 260-piece card set specifically created for the house. It consists of four categories: House, Social Contexts, Ephemerals, and Discourse; the photograph shows the Discourse cards laid-out in a grid

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Museum visitor engages with the cards

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Card arrangement left behind by visitors

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A checklist provided visitors with information on all elements that I had installed in the house (the checklist was updated with every re-arrangement)

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The McCormick House at night with the Children's Wing illuminated

Commissioned by Robert Hall McCormick III, Mies van der Rohe designed and built the McCormick House as a prototype for affordable prefab housing in Elmhurst, Illinois, in 1952. More than 40 years later the private residence was purchased by and incorporated into the Elmhurst Art Museum, first serving as an office and later as an exhibition space for projects across contemporary art, design, and architecture .

150 South Cottage Hill Ave was based on the concept that I would move into the McCormick House for the duration of the show to temporarily collapse the role of the museum with that of a home and to study how this act would impact the discussion of and relationship between art, architecture, politics and life. Beside daily encounters with museum visitors and guests, 150 South Cottage Hill Ave also featured a series of events and salons including presentations by art historians Leili Adibfar, Nicoletta Rousseva, Chris Reeves (all PhD candidates at UIC), and designer Norman Teague, as well as a performance by artist Julietta Cheung, and art works by Kate Park (textiles) and Olivia Block (sound).

A small publication was printed for the show's closing weekend: McCormick House Exquisite Corpse.

For further information and materials:

www.150southcottagehillave.net

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