Free Chicago Design Museum.
Where: Block 37, 108 N. State, 3rd Floor
When: Tuesday–Saturday, 12–7:00p through August 12, 2017. The Museum closes between exhibits.
Every time I get on the elevator outside Latinicity I see this museum across the way and think – What is that, why is it always closed and I need to write a post about it. So here it is.
The Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM) is a volunteer operated museum that “facilitates an open conversation about design across disciplines and borders.. ” The museum closes between exhibitions to facilitate design, fabrication, and installation processes and depends on volunteer schedules.
|ChiDM Presents: Native Tongue FREE||June 1, 6:00p–7:00p|
|ChiDM Works: The Art of the Risograph $20||June 3, 1:00p–3:00p|
|Workshop: Foresight Design Initiative||June 8, 6:00p–8:30p|
|Architectural Walking Tour & Pub Crawl $15||June 10, 3:00p–6:00p|
|ChiDM Summer Yard Sale!||June 24, 1:00p–4:00p|
|ChiDM Presents: Chicago Children’s Museum||June 29, 6:00p–7:00p|
Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist April 28, 2017–August 12, 2017
Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist is a design exhibition that explores the work of designer and artist Dan Friedman (1945–1995). Curated by Friedman himself, it reaffirms the twentieth-century tenets of modernism, rejects corporate style, and advocates for expression and purpose in one’s work. A combination of objects, photography, and Friedman’s philosophy on work and life, the show celebrates risk, experimentation, and optimism.
Alongside contemporaries like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jeff Koons, Friedman coined the term “Radical Modernism” to differentiate his design philosophy from the formal structures of Modernism. He taught at Yale University’s graduate graphic design program and founded the visual arts program at the State University of New York at Purchase, serving as chairman of the graphic design department from 1972 to 1975. Friedman created the iconic Citibank logo, used by the bank from 1976 to 2001, while working at Anspach Grossman Portugal, and later joined the legendary design firm Pentagram.
Originally created by Dan Friedman himself, it continues to be shown by his brother Ken Friedman, with the curatorial assistance of Chris and Esther Pullman, and Mara Holt Skov and Steven Skov Holt.
ChiDM official description
ChiDM strengthens design culture and builds community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences. Through exhibitions, public and private programs, digital media, and workshops the museum facilitates an open conversation about design across disciplines and borders. We believe design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition, and strive to make it accessible to everyone through a public space in the Chicago Loop.
Anyone interested in design, museums, non-profits or community building is welcome to volunteer.! To join the volunteer mailing list for upcoming opportunities, email email@example.com.