June 2012 Archives

'Color Jam' by Jessica Stockholder Opens in Chicago

Nathan Weber for The New York Times

Jessica Stockholder's installation "Color Jam" is a summer-long transformation of State and Adams Streets in downtown Chicago. The colors extend up parts of the surrounding buildings. 


CHICAGO- In 2009 the multimedia artist Jessica Stockholder used brightly colored plywood platforms and metal bleachers to turn a section of Madison Square Park in New York into a kind of abstract painting, "Flooded Chambers Maid." Children instantly appropriated it as a playground, and adults used it as an informal seating area.

This week her latest work, "Color Jam," begins a summer-long occupation of an intersection in the Loop in downtown Chicago. By wrapping the four corners of State and Adams Streets (and parts of buildings there) in swaths of burnt orange, lime green and turquoise -- think of Christo meets Hans Hofmann -- she deconstructs this slice of the business-as-usual world and transforms it into a playful and imaginative realm.

Ms. Stockholder, whose work has been shown at Dia Art Foundation in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pompidou Center in Paris, is the chairwoman of the visual arts department at the University of Chicago and is known for multidimensional, site-specific works that merge painting and sculpture

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Books on public art in the Architecture Library:

New Land Marks : public art, community, and the meaning of place

Bach, Penny Balkin.; New Land Marks (Program); Fairmount Park Art Association.; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.; Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.; University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.); William Penn Foundation.

Washington, DC : Editions Ariel c2001

Available at UM TC Arch/L. Arch  (N8836.P4 N49x 2001 )


Plop : recent projects of the Public Art Fund

Freedman, Susan K.; Public Art Fund (New York, N.Y.)

London ; New York : Merrell Publishers in association with Public Art Fund, New York 2004

Available at UM TC Arch/L. Arch  (Quarto N8845.N7 P45 2004 ) and other locations


Public art

Crabtree, Amanda.

London : Academy Group Ltd. c1996

Available at UM TC Arch/L. Arch  (Quarto N8825 .P85x 1996 )


Public Art Fund's urban paradise : gardens in the city

Clark, James M.; Public Art Fund (New York, N.Y.)

New York : Public Art Fund 1994

Available at UM TC Arch/L. Arch  (Quarto SB466.U65 N73x 1994 )