May 14th 2018

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is proud to collaborate with Art Design Chicago, a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, on a collection of co-hosted Storytellings throughout 2018, taking place in our intimate Drawing Room Library. Each Storytelling will feature Art Design Chicago exhibition curators and contemporary Chicago-based artists and designers, conversing about the city’s art and design legacy and focusing on ways in which contemporary creative practice is influenced by generations of artists and designers that came before.

This May, with reverence to an influential series of mid-20th century advertisements created by Chicago-based Container Corporation, the Chicago Design Museum has commissioned contemporary artists to create works inspired by important thinkers to form a new series. As part of Art Design Chicago, the series is now on view at the Museum in their exhibition, “Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container.” In this conversation, Chicago Design Museum Executive Director Lauren Boegen talks with designer Jonathan Solomon and historian Lara Allison about the historic Great Ideas series and its impact today.

This complimentary event will take place in The Tank at 6:00pm with seating first come, first served.


Lauren Boegen is the Executive Director of Operations and Collections at the Chicago Design Museum. Beyond day-to-day operations, her work at the Museum focuses on the its relationship with objects and on how to tell compelling, engaging stories for the general public, designers, and students.
Jonathan Solomon is Associate Professor and Director of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His drawings, analytical and counterfactual urban narratives, appear in Cities Without Ground (ORO, 2012), and 13 Projects for the Sheridan Expressway (PAPress, 2004). Solomon edits Forty-Five, a journal of outside research, and was curator of the US Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. His interests include extra-disciplinary, post-growth, and non-anthroponormative design futures. Solomon received a BA from Columbia University and an MArch from Princeton University and is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois.
Lara Allison teaches design history at the School of the Art Institute and is the editor of the Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine. Her current research focuses on the legacies of European avant-garde culture in American corporate and institutional advertising and design from the 1930s through the 1970s.This April, in conjunction with the Art Design Chicago exhibition “Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography,” opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on April 28, the exhibition’s curator Michael Darling talks with artist B. Ingrid Olson, whose work is featured in the exhibition. This conversation focuses on the legacy of Ken Josephson, who spent his career carefully examining the building blocks of photography and has influenced artists of all kinds.

Art Design Chicago is an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with Presenting Partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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