New Exhibition at CAF on O'Hare Airport Print
Friday, 16 January 2009 06:06

Documenting the Definitive Modern Airport is the new exhibition open Jan. 15-May 1 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), 224 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  Free and open daily, the exhibition portrays O’Hare as an international model of airport design.

Innovations such as a central parking garage, movable jetway bridges, and the two-tiered drive separating arrivals and departures, established O’Hare as the industry standard for jet-age airport design. One of the largest architectural commissions in Chicago’s history, O’Hare was designed by architects led by C.F. Murphy Associates.
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The exhibition consists of photographs that depict O’Hare from the 1950s through the 1980s. It includes black and white images from Hedrich-Blessing and color photographs by Robert Burley as well as a pair of Eames O’Hare Tandem Sling Seats, an acoustic installation of airport sounds, and a newspaper brochure with additional historical material.

The exhibition is curated by Charles Waldheim, principal of Urban Agency and director of the landscape architecture program at the University of Toronto.

“Charles Waldheim has assembled an iconic collection of photographs and we hope to attract architects, engineers, lovers of modern design and everyone who has flown in or out of O’Hare,” said Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture Foundation President and CEO.

Waldheim will provide an overview at the exhibition opening on Jan. 15 and a lecture on Jan. 16. www.architecture.org for more info.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 15:48