Orange Door Chicago

Orange Door, the Foundation’s exhibition space in Chicago, is dedicated to sharing works from the Foundation’s collection. Exhibitions change annually. We are open by appointment, and we welcome visits from school groups and visiting curators.

 

Current Exhibitions

Frank Stella (1936 – ), Jablonow II, 1971, acrylic and felt on shaped canvas.

 

Shadow and Space brings together painting and sculpture in which artists use unconventional materials to find new forms. Inspired by the Light & Space movement of Southern California in the 1960s, the exhibition dovetails on that genre’s innovative use of lighting effects for the purpose of producing optically sensitive content. For the artists in this exhibition, atmospheric phenomena such as ambient light, shadow, translucent plastic, reflected color, as well as industrial materials like nails and moving parts, were used to evolve the expressive range of abstraction.

The exhibition features a fluorescent installation by Robert Irwin, shaped canvas paintings by Frank Stella and Manfred Mohr, a sculptural work by Anne Truitt, and a fluorescent sculpture created by Dan Flavin.

Artists included: Peter Alexander, John Goodyear, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Manfred Mohr, Frank Stella, Luis Tomasello, Anne Truitt, and Günther Uecker.

On view through Summer 2017.

 

Eduardo Kac (1962 – ), Tesão, 1986/2016, software animation on vintage Minitel terminal.

Life After Media This micro-exhibition of six contemporary digital artworks reveals what happens to obsolete, aging or antiquated communications technologies after artists resuscitate them. The artworks propose that creative interventions in mass media such as the internet, film, television and music recordings can emulate the power structures of mass-media communications, but also their ephemerality.

Artists included: Guillermo Galindo, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Eduardo Kac, Matthew Kluber, Jon Rafman, and Jason Salavon.

The Algorists features a room dedicated to a group of artists who code their own software to produce computer-assisted drawings. They began working at the dawn of modern computing in the 1960s. In 1995 they produced an Algorist manifesto to identify their broader artistic community. An algorithm is a set of mathematical instructions that can be carried out by a computer, especially when they are complex beyond human capability. Artist Roman Verostko calls this a “recipe” for creating art. Although algorithmic procedures have been used creatively for centuries, from basket and textile weaving to Islamic mosaic and music notation, the computer provided tools and techniques more precise than traditional hand-made methods.

Artists included: Peter Beyls, Frederick Hammersley, Jean-Pierre Hébert, Desmond Paul Henry, Manfred Mohr, Vera Molnar, Frieder Nake, Roman Verostko, and Mark Wilson.

On view through Fall 2017.

 

Location & Hours

By appointment
Chicago, IL 60612
312.254.3360
orangedoor@thomafoundation.org