goldsmith at the arts club
for those of you living in chicago there is a wonderful exhibit of myron goldsmith’s work, both built and unbuilt, at the arts club of chicago. the exhibit is free and is located at 201 e. ontario, which is the southeast corner of ontario and st. clair, one block east of michigan ave. i had a chance to go see the exhibit this past friday and must admit it is striking. stunning black and white photographs of mr. goldsmith’s work hang larger than life on expanses of white exhibition hall walls. mr. goldsmith studied under mies van der rohe and quickly became a master of modernism in his own right. working for skidmore, owings, and merrill (som), myron goldsmith produced some of the best examples of modernism i have ever seen. his works include the university of arizona’s observatory (seen above) chicago’s brunswick building (seen below), and the illinois institute of technology’s keating hall as well as some wonderfully delicate, and sadly unbuilt, bridges in california.
i thought one of the most interesting touches to the exhibit was the inclusion of 20 or so works by students who learned under goldsmith (and mies) at the illinois institute of technology. it was very interesting to see how the work of the master found its way into that of the pupil. nonetheless, if you’re in chicago head on over to the arts club and check it out. the exhibit runs until the 14th if on not mistaken.
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