EAM’s winter exhibition programming focuses on artists’ representations of home. Inspired by the museum’s McCormick House, a mid-century modern home designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, the new exhibitions consider experiences, contents, memories, and realities of home today.
Open House: Art About Home consists of related projects throughout the museum, including initiatives by EAM’s new artist-in-residence, Alberto Aguilar. Aguilar’s centerpiece is a site-specific installation of “domestic monuments” incorporating borrowed objects from local residents’ homes transformed into public sculptures that mark the exchange between artist and owner. Aguilar’s plans include an intergenerational workshop that results in a collaborative artwork, a unique tour of Elmhurst, and an artist-designed dinner in the McCormick House.
In the galleries, exhibitions of recent work by artists Gabrielle Garland, Martin Hyers and William Mebane, Alyssa Miserendino, and Ann Toebbe present interior views of homes visited or reconstructed through personal accounts or documentation. Examining the lives embedded within a home and the trappings associated with personal space, these paintings, photographs, and cut paper collages provide a glimpse inside while serving as impressions of a place and time.
As a prelude to the exhibition, EAM presents a group of house-shaped sculptures from Don Baum’s Domus series, made in the 1980s and 1990s. An influential artist, curator, and educator who worked in Chicago for more than 60 years, Baum (1922-2008) constructed these miniature houses from found objects such as paint-by-numbers canvas boards, linoleum, hair, and scrap wood. Intimate in scale and resting on breadboards, Baum’s varied assemblages explore the symbolic significance of the home.