Opening Reception Recap
On June 10, the Chicago Design Museum had the pleasure of hosting a party with two important purposes: to officially kick off Chicago Design Week and to welcome those in the design community and beyond to our June 2013 space with an opening reception. We did both while mingling, dancing, creating GIFs, and drinking beer provided by Pabst.
This year we hosted five exhibitions in a 17,000-square-foot raw gallery space in Block Thirty Seven, which was made possible with the help of Tristan Hummel and the Chicago Loop Alliance. Guests entered the space and headed to one of two bars—either to the left past the Wolfgang Weingart exhibition or to the right past Re/View, our special exhibition focusing on optical illusions and curated by Reina Takahashi and Lisa Boumstein-Smalley. Around the corner from Re/View, visitors could check out the Michael C. Place exhibition and stop in the store to purchase a variety of goodies, from Negative Spaceship’s viewmasters to Jason James’ t-shirts to Design Bureau magazines. Further on, party-goers may have been a bit distracted from Marian Bantjes’ exhibition as the artist herself was at a nearby table creating a live floral installation with flowers donated by Larkspur. Once they were able to pry themselves away from Bantjes’ installation, guests could finish viewing her pieces and loop around to the John Massey exhibition and get another drink at the nearby bar.
On the way out, people grabbed some swag including Archive13 posters, donated by the Society of Typographic Arts and AIGA Chicago, green booklets from Leo Burnett, and ChiDM buttons.
We loved seeing everyone enjoying the animated GIF booth and taking photos in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking State Street. If you are looking for your GIF, you can find it at http://stereogif.me and can find the other photos of the night, taken by Jennifer Shaffer, here. We hope everyone found the exhibitions inspiring, met some new people, and had great conversations throughout the evening.
In addition to our sponsors and exhibitors mentioned above, we would like to thank Do312 for helping promote our events this season, as well as Gaper’s Block for their sponsorship and this great article. Thanks to Nelson Cash for putting us in the partying mood by hosting our announcement party in May and to Adobe for co-hosting the Create Now event on June 18.