May 10th 2018

Celebrate the opening of Judy Ledgerwood’s new site-specific installation for the museum’s Bluhm Family Terrace—”Chromatic Patterns for the Art Institute of Chicago.”

Covering the vertical surfaces of the terrace in a pink vinyl painted with her signature quatrefoil pattern in gold enamel, the installation depends on the architecture for its structure while also directly challenging it. The pink background, installed in long, horizontal washes of color, gently sags in the center, appearing as if it were a textile pinned at the upper corners. These pink curves filled with floral motifs rebel against the terrace’s strict, vertical architectural elements, while the gold paint—reflective, drippy, and distinctly material—activates the otherwise neutral modernist space.

A selection of Ledgerwood’s ceramics will also be on view in the museum’s Terzo Piano.

Access to the Bluhm Family Terrace is always free to the public.

Image: Judy Ledgerwood. Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and the Graham Foundation.

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