Past Forward, a new installation at the Art Institute of Chicago is devoted to the museum’s seminal collection of architectural drawings and furniture, graphic and industrial designs of the 20th and 21st centuries. The evolving Modern Wing display is the first of its kind in the United States, highlighting important acquisitions and presenting architecture and design as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.
The display emphasizes the critical role architecture and design continues to play in identifying urgent issues and generating new thinking and problem solving. Its dynamic narratives highlight the impact of architecture and design thinking and practice on our lives, opening up a space for conversations with the general public, architecture and design enthusiasts, and experts in these fields alike.
Works of UIC Design faculty from the museum’s permanent collection featured in the exhibition include, Mobi, by Sung Jang, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design; Design for Democracy: Ballot and Election Design, by Marcia Lausen, Professor of Graphic Design; and several posters by John Massey, Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design.
Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing
Image: Detail, Chicago has a great lake, John Massey, 1966. Container Corporation of America.