Daily Archives: March 17, 2015

An Evening with John Massey

An Evening With John Massey

Next Tuesday evening, 3/24, the Chicago Design Museum in collaboration with AIGA Chicago and the Society of Typographic Arts will be presenting “An Evening with John Massey,” a book release event at the Arts Club of Chicago to honor a Chicago graphic design legend.

John Massey is a design legend at the forefront of the modernist movement in American design. He is an AIGA medalist and was director of design and corporate communications at the Container Corporation of America from 1964 to 1983 and research professor emeritus of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught from 1984 to 2000.

This event will launch Vision, the definitive volume on his life’s work, which will be available exclusively and for the first time at this event. In addition, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The event culminates in an interview with Massey by noted design historian Victor Margolin, followed by a panel discussion including Zoë Ryan, Curator of Design and Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, Marcia Lausen, Director of the School of Design at UIC, and Bart Crosby, President of Crosby Associates.

Ticket for the evening are available for purchase on Eventbrite, and more information is also available on the event’s Facebook page.

Silence, a response to Doris Salcedo


Taking place over three Tuesday evenings (starting 3/24), Notes on Empty Chairs is a series of three interactive performances by Chicago-based artist Kirsten Leenaars that explore themes of empathy, loss, and remembrance in response to the exhibition Doris Salcedo. The performances are cumulative and collaboratively developed with local community groups. Audience members are challenged to become active spectators and partake in the theatrical events.

This first performance, Notes on Empty Chairs (part 1), explores the notion of (an empathetic) silence, both as a complicit space as well as a space for remembrance and listening. Rather than posing speech, or one’s voice against silence, silence is proposed as a way not to grasp but to reach emotively for other forms of connecting to what often remains invisible or unspeakable. The performance incorporates spoken text, sound, and a simple choreography or movement as performers and audience travel through the museum.

MCA, Tuesday March 24, 2015, 6-7 pm

Admission free on Tuesdays.

Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 6–7 pm