Due to popular demand, Wrightwood 659 will reopen Tadao Ando: Architect concurrent with Dimensions of Citizenship. The third and fourth floors will remain devoted to Ando’s work, with the third-floor focusing on the architect’s work on the island of Naoshima and its Benesse Art Site. This is represented with models of several art hotel structures, museum buildings, and a funicular that scales the side of the extensively re-forested island. The fourth level contains a presentation of Ando’s three major American museums, with models of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, created by IIT students working under Whittaker’s oversight; of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, built by students at University of Illinois Chicago; and of the Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, constructed by students at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The three models are accompanied by hand-drawn sketches by Ando, demonstrating the creative, generative design process he embarks upon when designing spaces to house fine art. In addition to the material in the exhibition galleries, a large concrete scale-model of Ando’s iconic Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan, is shown on the building’s mezzanine level, positioned beneath the building’s skylights.
This exhibition is curated by Dan Whittaker, who recently completed his PhD in architectural history at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
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