Last week, we opened an unusual installation in our 4833rph project space. In partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (and the friendly help of balloon artistry masters Whimsical Expression), we filled half of our community conference room with an installation of hundreds of giant, golden balloons: an art work by British artist Martin Creed. The installation was an instant hit, with staff, board members, and visitors to the Art Center all taking the plunge and swimming through this electric (literally, your hair will stand on end from the static) art work. Not a single person who goes in doesn't laugh -- or, at the very least, smile -- immediately upon being engulfed in a buzzing hive of light-as-air, honey-colored balloons. People have taken countless fun photos, and written lots of intriguing thoughts about what the installation means and how it affects them. And it all points to the question: can contemporary art actually be fun and accessible? You know us:we think it can. And we love having this installation here to help prove it! Read on to learn more about the artist and his work.
It's now more important than ever to ensure diversity in and access to the visual arts.
- access to arts education
- professional development for artists
- bringing national attention to Chicago's artists