Feb 4th 2022

Houses of Tomorrow: Solar Homes from Keck to Today

@ Elmhurst Art Museum

150 Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Opening Friday, February 4th, from 4PM - 6PM

On view through Sunday, May 29th

Visitors will get a first glimpse of Elmhurst Art Museum’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition, “Houses of Tomorrow: Solar Homes from Keck to Today” before it opens to the public on February 5, as well as a multimedia installation by Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy in the historic McCormick House.

“Houses of Tomorrow” reveals the legacy of America’s first solar architects – brothers George Fred Keck and William Keck – who designed modern, award-winning, affordable homes throughout the Midwest from 1935-1979. For Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair in 1933, George Fred Keck designed the “House of Tomorrow,” the first glass house in America with groundbreaking domestic amenities like the first GE dishwasher to a personal airplane hangar.

An immersive installation by Jan Tichy centered on glass and light titled Reflectance, will invite visitors into Mies van der Rohe’s historic 1952 McCormick House, located on Elmhurst Art Museum’s property, to explore its domestic space as an environment of movement, light, activity, and wonder. This installation also marks the McCormick House’s 70th anniversary.

Throughout the Elmhurst Art Museum’s 25th year of inspiring its community, the Museum will host a year-long celebration, with a focus on the three major hallmarks of its mission: architecture (Spring), education (Summer), and art (Fall). “Houses of Tomorrow: Solar Homes from Keck to Today” is open February 5 through May 29, 2022.

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