This exhibition installation for the Art Institute of Chicago was designed as a setting for a collection of drawings by the late architect Louis Kahn.
The installation was intended to evoke the sense of quietude present in Kahn’s work at the Yale Gallery for British Art and the Kimbell in Texas, without being imitative. The exhibition was located in a horseshoe shaped gallery opening off the major entry atrium at the Art Institute. The interior of this space has a series of arched openings in a masonry wall open to the library below.
Tigerman McCurry’s intervention in the space consisted of the extension of walls, both to create a sense of intimacy and to increase wall hanging surface. A faux wood wainscot in a pale maple to match the frames was added to the exterior gallery walls, and a faux concrete grid was added at the ceiling to create a more intimate sense of enclosure. Walls and ceiling grid were painted in a uniform warm gray, while windows, doors and railings were painted black, echoing the existing terrazzo floor.
This installation was accomplished within an extremely limited budget, with on site installation time of less than two weeks.