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Audio Tour:
Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity

About

Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity examines contemporary works of art that take as their subject the form, technology, myth, message, and image of that iconic building structure, the skyscraper. While the exhibition has particular relevance to Chicago, the city that is widely known as the birthplace of this architectural type, artists throughout the world—in addition to authors, filmmakers, poets, and undoubtedly architects—have been enthralled by the human desire to build farther and farther into the sky, testing technological limits while embodying a yearning for spiritual connection to the heavens. Artists’ endeavors to explore this desire have taken many forms, from video and film to sculpture, painting, and photography.

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Michael Darling

    Skyscraper introduction

    00:01:40
  • 02

    Michael Darling

    Burden's "Chrysler Building"

    00:01:06
  • 03

    Enoc Perez

    Perez's "Marina Towers"

    00:02:04
  • 04

    Jeff Carter

    Carter's "Untitled #3"

    00:03:30
  • 05

    Peter Wegner

    Wegner's "Buildings Made of Sky VI"

    00:01:58
  • 06

    Jan Tichy

    Tichy's "Installation No. 3"

    00:02:02
  • 07

    Michael Darling

    Acconci's "High Rise"

    00:01:11
  • 08

    Michael Darling

    Attia's "Untitled (skyline)"

    00:01:33
  • 09

    Eliza Myrie

    Myrie' "raze/raise-topple/top pull"

    00:02:15
  • 10

    Michael Darling

    Sosnowska's "The Fire Escape"

    00:01:27
  • 11

    Jakob Kolding

    Kolding's "Untitled," 2000

    00:05:20
  • 12

    Michael Darling

    Feldmann's "9/12 Frontpage"

    00:01:23
  • 13

    Ahmet Ögüt

    Ögüt's "Exploded City"

    00:02:50
  • 14

    Yin Xiuzhen

    Yin's Portable Cities

    00:01:39
  • 15

    Michael Darling

    Genzken's "Galerie (Gallery)"

    00:01:21