Visiting Chicago over Christmas I had a chance to visit the new Renzo Piano–designed Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Snow had accumulated in the eggcrates above the skylights, shading the double, maybe triple-height lobby to a gray hue. Without any sun patterns to jazz up the place, it took on an airport-like efficiently as visitors streamed through on their way to see the Impressionist's bright flurries of paint. I was there to catch Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design. Tucked in a nondescript gallery just off of the Modern Wing's lobby, it's Grcic's first solo show in the states.
I wrote up my thoughts for the Architect's Newspaper, and you can read the full piece over there, but I thought I'd post some of my lousy iPhone shots of the exhibition design so you can get a sense of the gallery layout.