2014 Summer Exhibition – Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future
Photograph courtesy of David Ettinger Photography
Inspired by the past century of design achievement and looking toward the future with insight and creativity, Starts/Speculations represents an anthology of work from Chicago’s graphic design legacy and a glimpse into how the tools we use to design and communicate could evolve and influence our interactions in the future.
Beginning with a letter that articulates visual design standards for the 1909 Plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett, the exhibition is a broad overview of the past century of graphic design in Chicago with a particular focus on the influence of European modernism through the establishment of the New Bauhaus in 1937. As the Chicago Design Museum evolves and grows, we look forward to exploring and sharing more of Chicago’s design legacy by unearthing the stories that make our city unique, as well as highlighting dynamic influences from across cultures, borders, and disciplines. We consider this the start of something more—more ideas, more conversations, and more discovery.
The glimpse into the future includes work from:
Jonathan Petersen, with animation by Tommy Dalton
The Post Family
The reflection on the past features work on loan from the following institutions and/or collections:
Bauhaus Chicago Foundation Archive & Collection
Edward H. Bennett Collection, Ryerson & Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Film Archives
IIT Archives, Paul V. Galvin Library
John Massey Inc.
University of Illinois Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections Department
Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future will run from June 12 through September 30, 2014. During this time, the museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00-7:00 pm.
Curatorial Committee: Robyn Paprocki, Morgan Walsh; Exhibition Director: Matthew Terdich