Cloud coverage

16Jun10

Since opening on June 1st, the Silver Clouds exhibit has attracted lots of attention—and visitors—to Crown Hall.

Check out videos of clouds in action at Hello Beautiful!, courtesy of Mies Society board co-chair, Edward Lifson. We’re loving the gorgeous exterior photos and smart commentary from Chicago architecture critic, Lee Bey. And a recent article in Time Out Chicago reveals what inspired Mies Society director, Justine Jentes, to bring the exhibit to Crown Hall.

People have been asking us what it takes to get hundreds of silver balloons to drift through a Mies masterpiece.

The answer? In addition to years of planning, all you need are several dozen helium tanks….

….and plenty of volunteers.

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Hundreds of Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds are floating inside the vast space of Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall this summer, creating a lively installation. Filled with helium, Andy Warhol’s “clouds” first appeared at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1966. The product of a collaboration between the iconic art star and the engineer Billy Klüver, this is the largest installation yet of Silver Clouds. Don’t miss it!

June 1—August 1, 2010

Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Entry: $5 for exhibition only (at the door), free for kids under 10.

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Andy Warhol, Silver Clouds [Warhol Museum Series], 1994, refabricated for The Andy Warhol Museum in cooperation with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and Billy Klüver, 1994, helium-filled metalized plastic film (Scotchpak), The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

© 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Reproduction, including downloading of Andy Warhol works, is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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