INSTANT GRATIFICATION A collection of Andy Warhol’s Polaroids from the
1970s—the basis for many of his prints and silk-screens—opens 5/10 at the Smart.
THE FIVE: FREE EDITION!
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 05.04.11 through Tue 05.10.11:
theatre 500 Clown Trapped
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: the architect Dirk Lohan, partner and grandson of Mies van der Rohe, cofounder of the Chicago firm Lohan Anderson, and advisory board member for Chicago’s first ever Architecture & Design Film Festival, taking place this weekend.
“I haven’t made my mind up yet—there are a lot of interesting films on the schedule—but on Thursday, opening night, I am going to see How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? That’s an intriguing question that anyone in design should want to know the answer to.
“What films, in general, stand out to me for featuring architecture? The famous one is The Fountainhead, of course. Most architects have seen it, and if they haven’t, they should get Netflix to send them a copy. That’s a great film that talks about what architects do and what dilemmas they face. Another one that comes to mind is My Architect, a very nice film that the son of Louis Kahn made about his father. Very touching, very moving.”
“What I do sometimes, if we ever have a nice weekend, is drive around town to certain neighborhoods to see new buildings, new developments. I find that there is always some discovery—something interesting I didn’t know about. I’d like to go to the Hyde Park area because there is a lot of stuff underway at the University of Chicago: the new library expansion and the [South Campus Chiller] plant by Helmut Jahn, the new schools along the Midway Plaisance. I’m not up to speed on what those look like. I live in Lincoln Park, so Hyde Park is a trip. Hopefully the sun will shine on us.”
GO: Architecture & Design Film Festival: 5/5–9. $7–$10 per screening. Most films will be shown at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State, with some additional screenings at The Wit, 201 N State. Full schedule: adfilmfest.com
Photography: (WARHOL, LEFT) Andy Warhol, Mrs. Yves (Debra) Arman, 1986, Polacolor ER. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 2008.76. Copyright 2011 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; (WARHOL, RIGHT) Photograph ©2011 courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago