Young Chicago exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago

Young Chicago commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Architecture and Design by celebrating the legacy of creative innovation in the city itself. Featuring the works of 16 local cutting-edge designers and architects, the exhibition will be open from November 18, 2006 to April 29, 2007 in the Kisho Kurakawa Gallery 227.

The exhibition which spans from cell phones and “sound suits” to furnishings and buildings showcases Chicago’s diverse body of contemporary designers in architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and fashion. The range of talent as well as method and ideology digital literacy, brand legacy, cultural identity, commitment to sustainability are all global in scope yet still emblematic of 21st-century Chicago.

The exhibition juxtaposes objects, images, models, and digital presentations from areas of design: architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and fashion.

The work of Clare Lyster Studio, 3D Design Studio, Qua’Virarch, Ross B. Wimer of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Avram Lothan of DeStefano + Partners, Ltd., UrbanLab, Jordan Mozer and Associates, and John Ronan Architect represent the contemporary Chicago architects in the show. The work of Nick Cave and Cat Chow showcase fashion design, while Studio Blue, Fold Four, and JNL Graphic Design comprise the graphic design objects. In addition, IDEO, Holly Hunt, and Motorola represent the some of the best of industrial design in Chicago.

The exhibition Young Chicago, and its accompanying catalogue, is the second in the Art Institute’s new exhibition and publication program titled the A+D Series, which highlights new projects and talent from the worlds of architecture and graphic and product design.