aroundcenter is a site-specific exhibition composed of nine installations, each of which stands on its own, yet at the same time relate, deriving from and leading to the others. Through this exhibition, Tichy will lead visitors to a more integrated experience of the Chicago Cultural Center, including access to unrevealed areas and resources of the building. Using light as his primary expressive tool – through a variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and video projection – Tichy illuminates and makes accessible the history and current mission of the landmark building.
Upon entering the Randolph St. side of the building, a neon sculpture created by the artist, installed and encased between the doors, will lure visitors to the building and once inside, the building’s history comes alive with an installation of artifacts from the Chicago Cultural Center storage.
Other installations include History of Painting, which features 6,000 color slides covering three massive windows on the building’s fifth floor on the Washington St. side creating a color spectrum, and Vault, a video display from inside a secret vault within the executive offices of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
aroundcenter Panel & Chicago Projections Book Launch
Come celebrate the opening of Jan Tichy’s exhibition aroundcenter and the launch of his new book, Chicago Projections, published by US Equities and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, which charts Tichy’s work with nine architectural icons in Chicago. Curator Daniel Schulman will lead a panel discussion with Jan Tichy and Karen Irvine, author of the book and curator at MoCP.
Join us for a series of films that explore the narrative and aesthetic themes of the exhibition on Sunday afternoons.
The Untouchables February 16, 2-4pm – Claudia Cassidy Theater
The Labyrinth of Color & Light March 16, 2-4pm – Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago Documentaries April 27, 2-4pm – Claudia Cassidy Theater
Performances and Tours
The exhibition encourages guests to view, navigate, and experience the Chicago Cultural Center in new ways. Spoken word performances highlight the words, language, and knowledge that are imbedded in the building, from its history as a library, to the language incorporated as architectural details.
2nd Story “Around the Way”
Flashlight Tour* Sign Up
Young Chicago Authors, Remix the Chicago Cultural Center
The Hand Knows a Secret: Doodling, Music & New Ways of Representation
Light Workshop* Sign Up
Build Your Own Chicago Workshop* Sign Up
* Sign up for these events at: aroundcenter.org/program.html
Some public programming was designed and developed by students in the Arts Administration and Policy program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the artist.
Some areas of the Chicago Cultural Center may be unavailable to the public due to private events.
February 1-April 27 2014
Chicago Cultural Center Hours:
Chicago Cultural Center
Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm
Friday, 9 am–6 pm
Saturday, 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Chicago Room Hours:
Monday–Thursday, 10 am–7 pm
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor + Building-wide
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
For more information, visit aroundcenter.org