Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container
April 20th – August 18th 2018

WGN Radio:
Words Are the Art at a New Exhibit at the Chicago Design Museum

How “Great Ideas of Humanity” Reimagines America’s First Sophisticated Image Advertising Campaign

Art Design Chicago podcast:
Lara Allison, Lauren Boegen, and Jonathan Solomon discuss what the Great Ideas campaign means today. )

What’s The Big Idea?

In 1817, English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote: “Language is the armory of the human mind; and at once contains the trophies of its past, and the weapons of its future conquests,” and this still rings true in our complex and divided world. It is essential to celebrate and share the ideas that unite us, inspire us, and caution us; to consider ideas that transcend our individual worldviews and establish a common ground that binds us.

A reimagining of Container Corporation of America’s stunning advertising campaign, Great Ideas of Western Man, Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container highlights a broad spectrum of human thought and reminds us that, sometimes, looking to the past helps to comprehend the present.

Learn more about Great Ideas of Humanity, and see all of the artwork on the Great Ideas website.

Great Ideas in Goose Island

150 Media Stream featuring Great Ideas of Humanity

A portion of the show will highlight the great ideas of 826CHI students, encouraging us to think about who decides what “great” means, and reminding us that great ideas can come from anywhere.

As a special component to the exhibition, 10 pieces reflect the quotes of distinguished Chicagoans such as Ida B. Wells, Buckminster Fuller and László Moholy-Nagy, and are designed by Chicago artists and designers, including Jason Pickleman, Jilly Simons and Carol Ross Barney. Chicago Voices 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. The grouping is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

This exhibition is made possible with additional support from Cushing, Mohawk, Classic Color, and an anonymous donor.

Organized by the ChiDM Great Ideas committee.