Two-Months Stay at Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House, commissioned in 1951 as a prototype for affordable prefab housing and incorporated into the Elmhurst Art Museum as an office and exhibition space in the 1990s, provided a potent backdrop for this project.
By using the format of a self-declared residency as a guise to move into the house, 150 South Cottage Hill Ave temporarily collapses the role of the museum with that of the home to reconsider the relationship between art, architecture and life, as well as between living and performing. It also revisits the contested role of the 'International Style' within architecture and the political climate in the United States after the war.
150 South Cottage Hill Ave featured changing textile works by designer Kate Park and sound works by artist Olivia Block and presented a series of events and salons including presentations by art historians Leili Adibfar, Nicoletta Rousseva, Chris Reeves (PhD candidates / UIC), designer Norman Teague, as well as a performance by artist Julietta Cheung.
A small publication, McCormick House Exquisite Corpse, was printed for the show's closing weekend.
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