Victor Burgin: Prairie

November 20, 2015 – January 29, 2016

This exhibition featured the premiere of Prairie, a new digital projection work by Victor Burgin. Prairie was created as part of Overlay, a collaborative research project undertaken in Spring 2015 by Burgin and D. N. Rodowick with the support of the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Overlay focused on the history of “The Mecca” apartment building, built in 1892 and demolished sixty years later as part of the expansion of the Illinois Institute of Design under the plan of Mies van der Rohe, whose Crown Hall now occupies its former site. As in Burgin's recent works, A Place to Read, focused on an Istanbul coffee house by Sedad Haki Eldem, and Mirror Lake, which turns around the Wisconsin “Seth Peterson Cottage” by Frank Lloyd Wright, Prairie responds to specific architectural sites (here, The Mecca and Crown Hall) and explores erased or disappeared cultural histories, real and/or imagined, inscribed in the built environment.

Curated by Jacob Proctor

Presented as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.