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Raaf Curtain Wall Opening This Friday, 4/17/09

The time has come to celebrate the unveiling of the Curtain Wall piece ~ I hope you can join us! The Curtain Wall is a large scale, permanent installation work which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) for Chicago. It is part of a series of 30+ site-specific, contemporary art commissions for the new McCormick Place Building. All the West Building art be open and on view this coming Friday evening from 5:30 to 8pm. (Location info below)

Curtain Wall is a sculptural and interactive video piece which references the architectural tradition of the “curtain wall” or “glass curtain” facade in Chicago. This style of edge-to-edge glass facade was popularized by architect Mies Van Der Rohe in the mid 20th century and remains a distinctive element of Chicago’s skyline today. Inspired by the metaphor of the glass curtain, the Curtain Wall hanging sculpture is a two-thirds scale, steel replica of the facade structure of the McCormick Building. The sculpture structure is torqued and twisted into the form of a billowing curtain, captured is if blowing in the wind. In the video portion of the piece, a virtual ‘glass curtain’ building facade is made to bow, ripple and float according to the pitch and volume of visitors' voices in the space.

opening reception: Friday, April 17, 5:30 - 8pm

location: The "Diagonal Box" space, McCormick Place West | Entrance on Martin Luther King S Dr. (opposite the main entrance/ plaza of the McCormick East Bldg), Chicago, IL 60616. See map below

maps: Google Map - Street View (shows entrance) and Google Map - Aerial View

parking: you can look for free street parking on S. Indiana between Cermak and 24th St. or pay for parking in Parking Lot A of the McCormick Place West building

further info, video, and images: Curtain Wall (link)

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