Color Studies

Exhibition, Art Institute, Chicago, US.


From September 12, 2017 until January 21, 2018
Colour has occupied intriguing and often understated roles in the history of architecture and design. This installation mines the collection of the Art Institute, to showcase important moments in this evolving narrative, from the Bauhaus and Swiss typography to postmodern architecture and contemporary graphic design. The Purist paintings of Le Corbusier are displayed alongside his famous books on the colours used in his modern houses. Joseph Albers’s books and portfolios introduce the rigorous laboratory of colour theory at the Bauhaus, while important projects in the postmodern era by Krueck and Sexton and Helmut Jahn push the use of colour to its spatial and experiential limits. Finally, colour is explored in digital design and as a tool for social and political criticism by architects and designers in the current era of global media.

The Art Institute has stayed true to its founding mission of 1879: to collect, preserve, and interpret works of art of the highest quality from across the globe for the inspiration and education of our visitors. Today the collection comprises approximately 300,000 works of arts—ranging from ancient art through to work being created by today’s foremost artists—and our visitors number 1.5 million annually from across Chicagoland, the country, and the world. Located in the heart of Chicago, just a block from Lake Michigan and adjacent to Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute is composed of eight buildings and covers nearly one million square feet. The eleven curatorial departments and over 500 employees not only care for our illustrious permanent collection but also present 30 special exhibitions and hundreds of gallery talks, lectures, performances, and events every year. Enhancing all this is the research library for art and architecture, one of the finest in the country, and our state-of-the-art conservation facilities that both safeguard our collection for future generations and continually uncover new and exciting revelations about it.