Free exhibit Design Museum of Chicago. Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture. A fun exhibit about bikes. It took about and hour and a half to read through it. There’s also a Hottix location here.
When: Now through January 5, 2020. Mon–Sat: 10:00a–6:00p, Sun: 11:00a–4:00p
Where: Expo 72 at 72 E. Randolph $5 suggested donation
Setting the Stage: Objects of Chicago Theatre
Design in theatre can take many forms, including costumes, lights, sound, props, and sets, among countless other examples. Setting the Stage celebrates the myriad ways design is employed in stage productions.
Using objects on loan from Chicago theatres, this exhibit will emphasize the diversity, depth, and breadth of theatres in the city and explore how words are translated by designers into a production. See the process behind the final products and learn more about how and why design decisions in theatres are made.
Celebrate the Year of Chicago Theatre with us and discover all that the city’s theatre has to offer through the objects which exemplify the soul of each institution.
Each month throughout the run of this exhibition, a different theatre will be curating a mini-exhibition on our “stage,” featuring an expanded look at what makes each of them unique.
Great Ideas of Humanity 2020 February 25th – April 19th 2020
Free and open to the public Mon–Sat: 10:00a–6:00p; Sun: 11:00a–4:00p
From 1950–1975, Chicago-based Container Corporation of America ran a campaign heralded as one of the best in advertising history, Great Ideas of Western Man. The world has changed since 1975, but great ideas are timeless.
Our response, Great Ideas of Humanity, celebrates globalization and cross-pollination of ideas, societies, and cultures. Like the original series, a committee meets, gathers “great ideas,” and commissions an artist or designer to create a visual response. The work does not advertise a product, but an ethos—of the museum, of the community, of Chicago—to make the world a better place through thoughtful design.
This iteration of the project displays the work of Chicago Public School students and takes inspiration from two Chicago public artworks that feature women in the arts and Latinx thinkers. Great Ideas of Humanity 2020 connects and celebrates community, public art, and design to both elevate the voices of Chicago teens and grow the cannon of artists and thinkers to include those traditionally left out of the conversation, bringing their ideas to the fore.
All-City Visual Arts Exhibitions 2020 May 4th – June 7th 2020
All Together Now — Sound x Design August 1st 2020 – January 3rd 2021