Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on July 5th, 2012

Vera Lutter, Study for Ground Zero III, January 15 – 25, 2002, 2002
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Francis Dittmer, 2009.11.c.
© 2002 Vera Lutter. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

I am consistently impressed with the quality and diversity of the programming at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. With curator Michael Darling at the helm, the MCA always seems to have a slew of really compelling exhibitions on at any given time. Their summer exhibition schedule is no different and I’m particularly interested in seeing their latest show, Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity. The exhibition, which includes contemporary art that in one way or another references the iconic skyscraper structure, features work by a diverse range of international artists including Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Thomas Struth, Andy Warhol and Shizuka Yokomizo. In a variety of media, these artists reflect and grapple with our cultural fascination with building further and further into the sky. The exhibition seems well suited for presentation in Chicago, the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, and looks like an interesting fusion of art and architecture.

Jennifer Bolande, Appliance House, 1998-99
2 duratrans photos in lightboxes
91 x 59 x 5 in. (231.1 x 149.9 x 12.7 cm)
The Guthman Collection, Chicago
Image courtesy of the artist


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