Chicago
Design Museum

Block Thirty Seven, 3rd floor
108 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Tues-Sat, 12-7p

Mission Statement

The Chicago Design Museum strives to unite, inform, and inspire. As a resource for the design community and beyond, the museum facilitates an open dialogue about contemporary and historical design through limited-engagement exhibitions, events, public programs, and digital media. We are an adaptable and non-traditional organization that celebrates and shares design excellence.

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Gallery Closed Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17

The Chicago Design Museum is taking a short winter break to prepare for several upcoming events in conjunction with Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! and the winter season.

The gallery will be closed for visiting hours (12-7 p) on Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17. We will reopen with normal visiting hours on Thursday, December 18.

ChiDM Loves Paul Prejza, our special lecture on the life and work of Deborah Sussman given by her husband and partner at the firm Sussman/Prejza, will still take place on the evening of Wednesday, December 17 from 6:30–8:30p.

In addition to this short break, please note that ChiDM will be observing holiday hours and will be closed for Christmas (December 25–27) and New Year’s (December 31–January 1). We look forward to sharing even more engaging, inspiring design with our visitors this winter and in 2015!

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ChiDM Loves Paul Prejza

A photo of Paul Prejza and his late wife, Deborah Sussman.

Please join the Chicago Design Museum in welcoming Paul Prejza for a lecture on the life and work of Deborah Sussman, his wife and partner at the firm Sussman/Prejza.

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014
  • 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Reception to follow the lecture
  • RSVP through Eventbrite; tickets are free and seating is limited

 

Paul has been an integral part of bringing Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! to the Chicago Design Museum and we are thrilled to welcome him to our home.

About Prejza and Sussman

Prejza and Sussman, both originally from the East Coast, were drawn to California’s expansive landscape as well as its regional design and architectural character. They met in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and established their firm in 1968.

Sussman/Prejza works among the fields of architecture, urban planning, and graphic and landscape design. The creation of distinct identities through physical manifestation and visual communication has made the firm’s work highly sought-after and celebrated.

Together with a dedicated staff Sussman and Prejza successfully took on civic, cultural, corporate, sports, institutional, entertainment and retail projects in and outside of the United States. However, much of their best-known work was done in the state they together called home. Among their most recognized projects are the “look” of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, a city-wide image program for Santa Monica, and graphics programs for the Walt Disney Company theme parks.

 

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Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! 13 Nov 2014–28 Feb 2015

Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! Opening 13 November.

The Chicago Design Museum is proud to present our next exhibition, Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles!, which will run 13 November 2014 through 28 February 2014. This exhibition recognizes an iconic designer who has helped shape the visual landscape of Los Angeles and define the field of environmental graphic design. The exhibition focuses on the early career of Deborah Sussman (1931-2014), highlighting projects that illuminate formative years in her professional development and in the growth of Los Angeles as a cultural center and a global city.

View of Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles installed at the WUHO Gallery, 2013.

View of Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles installed at the WUHO Gallery (12 December 2013 – 19 January 2014). Photo by Laure Joliet Photography.

Beginning with a pivotal summer internship in 1953, Sussman spent the early part of her career working at the Los Angeles office of Charles and Ray Eames. There, Sussman was introduced to the city and developed a multidisciplinary design approach that she eventually applied to both her work and office culture when she struck out on her own as Deborah Sussman & Co. in 1968. Throughout this time, Sussman continued to work on multiple scales, from product and package design to urban branding and immersive, architecturally-integrated environments. Sussman helped define what would later be called supergraphics: the use of bold colors, words, and shapes, enlarged beyond the boundaries of architectural edges and planes.

Detail of Giant House of Cards graphics and packaging.

Detail of Giant House of Cards graphics and packaging. Photo courtesy of Laure Joliet Photography.

In 1980, Sussman formed the office Sussman/Prejza with her husband Paul Prejza. The office collaborated with the Jerde Partnership on the visual identity of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, and catapulted Los Angeles onto the world stage in a kaleidoscope of colors that came to define not only the look of the Games but the city itself. Through its expanding scale and exuberant use of color, her graphic design tracks a path between modern and postmodern design and across the changing landscape of Los Angeles as it grew dramatically in size, density, and diversity from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Sonotubes, wayfinding for the 1984 Olympic Games, installed at the WUHO Gallery.

Sonotubes, wayfinding for the 1984 Olympic Games, installed at the WUHO Gallery. Photo courtesy of Laure Joliet Photography.

This examination of the first thirty years of Sussman’s career invites further scholarship on women’s roles in collaborative design projects in Los Angeles and the nation at large during a time period dominated by male practitioners.

Artifacts from the Los Angeles installation of Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles.

Artifacts from the Los Angeles installation of Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Laure Joliet Photography.

Originally shown in Los Angeles at the Woodbury School of Architecture’s WUHO Gallery in 2013, Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! will be on view at the Chicago Design Museum from November 12, 2014 through February 28, 2015. The exhibition was curated by Barbara Bestor, Catherine Gudis, Tom Kracauer, and Shannon Starkey and is organized in Chicago by Matthew Terdich, Elizabeth Cummings, and Morgan Walsh.

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Gallery Closed Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17

The Chicago Design Museum is taking a short winter break to prepare for several upcoming events in conjunction with Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! and the winter season.

The gallery will be closed for visiting hours (12-7 p) on Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17. We will reopen with normal visiting hours on Thursday, December 18.

ChiDM Loves Paul Prejza, our special lecture on the life and work of Deborah Sussman given by her husband and partner at the firm Sussman/Prejza, will still take place on the evening of Wednesday, December 17 from 6:30–8:30p.

In addition to this short break, please note that ChiDM will be observing holiday hours and will be closed for Christmas (December 25–27) and New Year’s (December 31–January 1). We look forward to sharing even more engaging, inspiring design with our visitors this winter and in 2015!

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