ChiDM Presents: What Does “Modern” Mean in Chicago?
Thursday July 12th 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Free and open to the public!!


In this selective and likely provocative overview of art and design in Chicago, scholars Jonathan Mekinda and Maggie Taft will explore the idea of the “modern” and its various meanings and affiliations in the city between 1910 and 1970. Through a consideration of two works from each decade, Mekinda and Taft will explore how artists, designers, and Chicagoans at large came to define the present as “modern” in relation to both the past and the future and thereby laid the groundwork for the rise of the now ubiquitous “contemporary.” An open discussion will follow.


ChiDM Presents explores themes within our current exhibition—Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container. This series is free and open to the public, and held at the Chicago Design Museum, at 108 N. State St., on the 3rd floor.


This particular event is presented as part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. It is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.