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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Holiday Hours

We’re looking forward to your visit for a dose of color this winter during our exhibition, Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! While the exhibition will be on display through February 28, 2015, there are a few days that we will close for the various holidays.

As you plan your visit, please keep in mind that we will be closed on the following dates:

  • November 27-December 01
  • December 25-29
  • December 31-January 01

Our normal hours are 12:00-7:00 PM Tuesday through Saturdays (excluding the dates listed above).

Thank you for understanding and we hope you enjoy the holidays.

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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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Designing Hope for Chicago—Silence the Violence

On the evening of December 8, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 PM, the Chicago Design Museum and Ferrer Foundation are partnering for an event, fundraiser, and silent auction to raise awareness around violence and violence prevention in Chicago.

Tickets are available via EventBrite.

Monday, December 8, 2014
6:00–9:00 PM
Chicago Design Museum

Featuring a one-night only poster exhibition by designers that include: Ishmael Adams, Brandon Breaux, Sara Frisk, Cody Hudson, Jason Pickleman, Kyle Poff, Michael Renaud, Michael Savona, Elise Swopes, Upendo Taylor, and Threadless.

All artwork was created exclusively for the evening with a goal to not only raise funds but send a message of peace and hope to Chicago on behalf of the Chicago design community. Poster art will be available for purchase at the event via silent auction and all proceeds raised will be used to support Ferrer Foundation and Chicago Design Museum programming.

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