6018North Summer Open Hours: Saturdays and Sundays beginning July 14 // 12-5PM
Working Studios: Mondays – July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27 // 7-9 PM
Tour and Performance at Tree Studios: Saturday, July 28 // 10:30AM-12PM
Opening Reception: Labor Day, September 3 // 3-7 PM
Living Architecture is a large-scale, multidisciplinary exhibition, with public programming including performances, tours, workshops, and conversational dinners that highlight the influence and impact of immigrant artists on Chicago. The exhibition responds to the current political climate to highlight how Chicago was built with immigrant labor, particularly in the arts, and is continuously shaped today by exemplary immigrant artists. With over 30 contemporary artists, Living Architecture illustrates a living and evolving legacy between past and present Chicago immigrants’ work in art and design.
Artists include: Kioto Aoki, Amanda Assaley and Qais Assali, Yesenia Bello, Richard Bock, Irina Botea, Yvette Brackman, Tom Burtonwood, Verónica Casado Hernández, Derek Chan, Julietta Cheung, Michal Dzitko, William Estrada, Óscar I González Díaz, Lise Haller Baggesen, Aram Han Sifuentes, Mark Jeffery, Soohyun Kim, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Benjamin Larose, Kirsten Leenaars, Frances Lightbound, Wen Liu, Ivan LOZANO, Luftwerk, Sheika Lugtu, Carlos Matallana, Esperanza Mayobre, Yvette Mayorga, Harold Mendez, Patricia Nguyen with Axis Lab, Julie Oh, Claes Oldenburg, Sherwin Ovid, Roni Packer, Emilio Rojas, Carlos Salazar Lermont, Leonard Suryajaya, Maryam Taghavi, Jan Tichy, Orkideh Torabi, Andrew Yang, Ji Yang, and others.
Since labor is often at the center of issues surrounding immigration, the exhibition opens on Labor Day, September 3. So that the house embodies the artistic process as a living architecture of labor, in July and August the artists will use 6018North as a studio, open on the weekend to the public and by appointment. On four evenings – July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27 – the public is also invited to Working Studios, collaborative events where artists engage the public in their work as process-based, communal initiatives. Working Studios are on Mondays, often thought of as the first work day of the week. We invite you to join us.
The title Living Architecture is from a book written by architect Arthur Woltersdorf in 1930. Woltersdorf was a first generation German-American, and a President of the Chicago Chapter of American Institute of Architects. Max Eberhardt, a German immigrant lawyer who advocated for immigrant rights, hired Woltersdorf to design his home at 6018 North Kenmore Avenue. Woltersdorf commissioned German immigrant Richard Bock to design the bas-relief sculptures that grace the building’s façade. Living Architecture brings new light to Richard Bock's work, prominent at Tree Studios and many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings.
Because each artist is encouraged to draw on Richard Bock’s work, the 6018North building, and/or the work of former Chicago immigrant artists, Living Architecture looks backwards and forwards to ask vital questions about how we remember immigrant creativity to envision a new future. Using historical research, contemporary art practices, performance, and social engagement, artists reveal the central and defining role of immigrants in shaping and advancing Chicago’s art and design. Living Architecture is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide initiative highlighting lesser-known narratives of ingenuity and perseverance, addressing artistic movements as well as the work of individual artists, including the role of immigrant communities in Chicago’s development and legacy.
Free public tours – walking and by trolley – occur at historic sites around the City including Jane Adam Hull House, Tree Studios, and At Home in Chicago house museums to highlight Richard Bock’s work and other immigrants' contribution to Chicago design. Tours include performances of music and dance by immigrant and first generation artists to breathe life into historic houses with contemporary innovation. These aim to upend narrow ideas of cultural heritage and national identity which often leave out the immigrants who built and worked in these homes.
The first off-site program is at Tree Studios on Saturday morning, July 28. Tree Studios was built by Arthur Woltersdorf, with relief sculptures by Richard Bock. To highlight Bock’s designs: Tom Burtonwood presents a performative maker-space, Dr. Sharon Grimes of the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum discusses Bock’s work, and Carlos Salazar Lermont presents a performance. Additional summer tours will be announced in the near future.
Living Architecture is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
Living Architecture is funded by the Terra Foundation.
Living Architecture is co-curated by Teresa Silva and Tricia Van Eck. A variation of Living Architecture will travel to the Chicago Cultural Center in Fall 2019.
About Art Design Chicago
Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of more than 75 cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy and continued impact with more than 30 exhibitions, hundreds of events, as well as the creation of several scholarly publications and a four-part documentary presented throughout 2018.
Support for Art Design Chicago is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and Presenting Partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additional funding for the initiative is provided by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation. The Chicago Community Trust, Leo Burnett, Polk Bros. Foundation, and EXPO CHICAGO are providing in-kind support. ArtDesignChicago.org #ArtDesignChicago
Images top to bottom: Still from (Re)Housing the American Dream by Kirsten Leenaars; installation view of Be the Man by Benjamin Larose; details from untitled (monkeys) installation by Roni Packer; installation view of Everywhere and Nowhere by Wen Liu; installation view of High Maintenance by Yvette Mayora at EXPO Chicago 2017; installation view of Refuseniks by Lise Haller Baggesen; Emilo Rojas performing Memorial to an Unbuild Monument and/or A Litany of Reduction at EXPO Chicago 2017; still from (Re)Housing the American Dream by Kirsten Leenaars.
This summer, four Summer Youth Employees from different parts of Chicago will:
- LEARN WOODWORKING
- LEARN VIDEO: FILMING AND EDITING
4 teenagers are trained by 2 master carpenters to learn woodworking, video making and editing. Most importantly, they learn cooperation: to work with each other, mentors, and artists, along with stick-to-itiveness. The program rethinks the potential of immersive body-based education. The high degree of the students' work and their esprit de corps confirms the value of treating education as a dynamic space: emphasizing bodily skills, repetition, and technique and an appreciation of older, often forgotten systems of production and bodily movement. While the woodworking honors craftsmanship, the video production allows for a highly experimental approach. The students film their woodworking process, interviewed the artists they worked with, and compile the footage into videos.
While 6018North is often itinerant – creating thought-provoking and compelling artwork in nontraditional spaces in Chicago and beyond – its mansion is a project in continual artistic flux. Flood damage in 2011 exposed its original structure and bones, creating unexpected and provocative pairings of historic masonry with more than a century’s worth of renovations atop. In response, 6018North’s artists often create work in relation to this existing structure and its history. Artists have made changes, such as adding walls and disco balls, or removing layers of paint and debris. The house is filled with site specific, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary experimentation, and collaborations.
Some of the long-term installations have remained within the exhibition Its Elemental because they relate specifically to the walls, windows, and corridors of the house.
Vlatka Horvat, Door to Door This site-specific work “reinstalls” the many doors of 6018North to create a physical questioning of borders and their ability to organize space, ideas, and people. The door is a powerful part of theatre of regulating access – a servant to solitude and privacy, an invitation, chance or permission for entrance, a barrier to strangers or intruders. On the other hand, a door that’s been unhinged from its frame enacts a certain abandon of the normative space and normative behavior in such a space. In the process of pushing a dilapidated mansion to be even more physically dysfunctional and yet more open, Vlatka Horvat creates a metaphor for the possibilities and/or limits of artists’ intentions to affect the social relations of those who participate within public and private space. Door to Door continues the artistic interventions created for 6018North’s Home: Public or Private? exhibition to question how to make public what is often considered private. Door to Door, 2011/2013 was created in cooperation with In Time Performance, and received Time Out’s Critic’s Pick.
Jane Georges, At This Very Moment This installation of a thousand leaves, woven into 6018North’s first floor walls, was created in September 2013. Working with beeswax, the artist preserved last fall’s leaves and the house’s history, since the original 1910 wallpaper in the dining room was of leaves, following the Prairie style of connecting the inside with the outside.
Lise Haller Baggessen & Jason (J. Thomas) Pallas This collaborative installation pairs Baggessen’s velvet painting Silver Lining and her glammed out installation Self Portrait as Narcissus with Pallas’ Selections of Civil Rights Images from the IEA (Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation) Collection. Encompassing the 2nd floor hallway, floor, and walls, the artists combined two vastly different, yet both historical empowerment movements – glam disco culture and Civil Rights – to juxtapose various forms of social protest. The public is invited to scratch off the silver prints to reveal Pallas’s historical images of protests.
Jesus Mejia & Ruth, New Colossus Jesus Meija & Ruth’s New Colossus, 2012 references Emma Lazarus’s sonnet at the base of the Statue of Liberty- “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” When hands are placed behind one’s back and into the holes, the arrested hands contrast with the wind chimes’ and Statue of Liberty’s invitation of unbounded movement.
Alyssa Moxley, Same Side of the Street Alyssa Moxley’s Same Side of the Street, 2013 is a camera obscura installation that projects the image of what is outside the front entrance of 6018North onto translucent paper.
Jennifer Karmin, 4000 Words 4000 Dead For Jennifer Karmin’s 4000 Words 4000 Dead, 2008, 2012 words were culled from an online public poem and memorial to the 4,487 American soldiers killed in Iraq. The bathroom within the home is a metaphor to ritually cleanse the returning American soldiers.
Amanda Williams, Color(ed) Theory: Englewood in Edgewater Amanda Williams’ architectural painting within the ballroom, Color(ed) Theory: Englewood in Edgwater, 2013 is her assemblage of colors such as Harold’s Chicken Red, Ultrasheen, Currency Exchange Yellow and Pink Oil Moisturizer used by commercial establishments to sell products to African Americans
Kathleen McCarthy's Antechamber
Kathleen McCarthy's Antechamber, 2015 explores the scale and movement of humans within public spaces. Using a nearly invisible material, clear fishing line, she creates 3-dimensional drawings of architectural components intended to encourage those encountering the work to become more aware of themselves, each other, and the space around them.
Vlatka Horvat, Door to Door
Lise Haller Baggessen and Jason (J. Thomas) Pallas
Alyssa Moxley, Same Side of the Street
Jennifer Karmin, 4000 Words 4000 Dead
Amanda Williams, Color(ed) Theory: Englewood in Edgewater
Kathleen McCarthy, Antechamber
The Chapuisat Brothers, In Wood We Trust
September 16, 2017 – January 8, 2018
We are currently closed for the Winter and will reopen in the Spring when warm. To visit during the Winter, email email@example.com
Chicago Architecture Biennale VIP Breakfast: Saturday, September 16 // 9 AM - 12 PM Public Celebration: Saturday, September 23 // 4-8 PM Open: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays // 1-5 PM
Challenging art, architecture, work, and play, The Chapuisat Brothers’s tree-top In Wood We Trust is entered by crawling through a tunnel inside 6018North. Built entirely of wood, the large invasive structure and exhibition transforms our perception of the space it occupies and the people within it. An anarchitectural intervention, it is a deceptively playful yet dramatic utopian experiment in building community through architecture and art. While the main floor of the structure is in the tree-top, below visitors are invited to physically thread through winding passages and get lost within its intricate maze, funhouse, and collective space. Located between architecture, sculpture, and playground, the Chapuisat Brothers's work challenges our perceptions of space, movement, and gravity, while questioning distinctions between architecture, art, work, play, and communal exchange. In the process, it posits that the corporeal and convivial pleasure of experiencing art should not be separated from its visual and intellectual components.
In many ways, the Chapusiat Brothers use brotherhood as a fundamental metaphor for their communal, experimental, utopian venues that question whether art, life, play, work, or communal creation is occurring within them.
6018North is an Affiliate Partner for the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
This project is partially supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation
The Chapuisat Brothers have re-created the feeling of being inside a treehouse in this “large outdoor architectural intervention and exhibition venue,” part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Mykitas Epoch – Genesis
Open Hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 1-5 PM through January 7
A mushroom insulation wall Mykitas Epoch – Genesis by CV Peterson asks visitors to rethink insulation, an often imperceptible or ignored aspect of architecture. Peterson elevates insulation into a relief sculpture using Ecovative’s mycelium mushroom poured into her designed and chiseled molds. The wall relief traces the history of fungus from its beginning, through to penicillin, to the future with plastic eating mushrooms. Mykitas Epoch – Genesis is supported in part by Ecovative.
CV Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist residing in the Chicago area. Their work combines scientific exploration of microbes that can consume plastics and art to examine environmental devastation through immersive interactive installations and explorations of fungus and plastic as art mediums. They received their MFA (’16) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA (’14) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA ('10) from Gustavus Adolphus College in Japanese studies and studio art with a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
A Room Has Its Own Voice
Open Hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 1-5 PM through January 7
A Room Has Its Own Voice captures the sonic frequency or acoustics of a room. Artist Troy Briggs 'tunes' the interior rooms to the same frequency. Without visual cues, A Room Has Its Own Voice asks us to listen to rather than look at the architecture of a room.
Troy Briggs is an interdisciplinary artist. He employs technology and sound and everyday objects to create subtle interventions in public and private space. Often slow and almost always very quiet, he creates works that connect listeners and viewers to sounds and images that speak to the delicacy of human connection though the simplest of means. Briggs has exhibited in Chicago, Portland, Oregon and Berlin. He teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and sculpture, sound and new media at Cathege College.
Justice Hotel and Just Desserts
Thanks to a beneficent grant from the amazing Joyce Foundation, we are working with artist/architect Amanda Williams, master carpenters Bryan Saner, Norman Teague, and Troy Briggs, Justice of the Pies chef Maya-Camille Broussard and grower Sarah Mallin to develop an artist/architect designed, cooperatively built, owned, and run hotel on the South Side that addresses economic and social issues through art.
Justice Hotel and Just Desserts has grown out of artist and architect Amanda Williams’s Color(ed) Theory which raises questions about value, eminent domain, and historical neglect through structural forces such as redlining and disinvestment. Color(ed) Theory sparked conversations about very messy, difficult, layered questions surrounding architecture and its role (or lack thereof) in shaping the potential for neighborhoods and cities to thrive. This commercial art project asks how art can best shape and generate both artistic value and monetary value to increase a neighborhood’s value for its inhabitants.
Justice Hotel and Just Desserts draw upon the threat of eminent domain in the Englewood neighborhood because of the Supreme Court’s Kelo vs. City of New London decision to allow city governments to take private land if it believes doing so will generate greater tax revenues or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner. The idea for the hotel and café was sparked by a libertarian’s comical response to the Supreme Court case. However 6018North, artist Amanda Williams, Justice of the Pie chef Maya-Camille Broussard, and Pyrite Sun chef Sarah Mallin reinterpret this idea by manifesting and building a space to redesign justice in the aftermath of Chicago’s landscape being “designed” via erasure, systemic neglect, racism, redlining, and an imbalance of resources.
The building and running of the hotel as an art project is foundational. Instead of gentrifying, we aim to empower the community to become agents in the process that so often moves them out. Amanda is working with bricks, the foundational block of architecture. What does a justice brick look like? How can we, brick by brick, build an architecture for economic and social justice? Since Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome typifies the 60s generation of sharing, this phase asks: What does a cooperative look like? To answer this question, the Summer Youth Employees (who themselves are prototypes of future youth workers of the hotel) will help build Williams’s prototypes. In addition, as part of this Summer ideation, we are developing a think-tank of developers, thought leaders, economists, community organizers, fundraisers, etc. while comprising a team of worker/owners.
The project’s mission is to work with rather than for the community. We aim to fill gaps and meet needs of the community by providing skills and creating jobs for youth who in turn design, build, work in, and manage the hotel. We build on artist and architect Amanda Williams’ work with a host of student architects and 6018North’s artisan craftsman mentor/apprenticeships with students to train youth in carpentry skills and video making to document the process. We also build on our partnership with local grower Pyrite Sun to supply produce and ingredients for the café and bar. As a hotel, it will showcase and integrate the work of emerging Chicago artists and architects. Like 6018North a different artist or architect designs each room. House as art; hotel as art.
Finally, the project challenges the typology of hotel architecture. The design phase innovatively questions architectural and economic conceptions of hotels. Since we know what artist and curator run spaces can look like, we now want to develop the blueprints to construct an artist and curator run hotel as a social justice endeavor that through its spatial, material, and localized conditions empowers its workers and its community. We ask: how can architecture design and articulate the embodiment of a new set of financial parameters that express ownership, management, and maintenance as an artistic and a cooperative endeavor?
One Long Table 2018
Now in its 5th year, working with neighbors and friends, we will present One Long Table on the last Sunday of the month in July.
Once again this year we are presenting Water Music on the Beach. Presented in multiple water locations around the City, this will be our largest Water Music yet! In addition, we are bringing artists from Hamburg's Wasser Fest.