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