Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Leads Tour of MCA Skyscraper Exhibit

July 28, Chicago

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood linked the art and reality of tall buildings in a July 28 gallery tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago exhibition, Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity.

CTBUH Director Antony Wood addresses the crowd at the gallery talk.

The exhibition focuses on artists’ perspective on tall buildings, offering a selection of contemporary works that “take as their subject the form, technology, myth, message, and image of that iconic building structure, the skyscraper.”

The featured work ranges from Robert Moskowitz’s “Skyscraper ,” an abstract view of the old World Trade Center, to a 50-minute excerpt from Andy Warhol’s “Empire” (1964), the eight-hour static view of the Empire State Building.

Various artworks featured in the exhibition.

More than 40 members of the public and Chicago community joined the Saturday afternoon tour, which focused on six artworks that were used as a vehicle to explain some of the recent global trends and challenges in tall buildings by Mr. Wood. Susan Musich, coordinator of the gallery talks, said Mr Wood’s gallery talk was one of the best attended in recent years.

CTBUH Director Antony Wood and the crowd among the artworks.

"This was an excellent experience,” Mr. Wood said. “As a great counter-point to the normal ‘death by Powerpoint’ presentations, it was great to lead a group of interested and informed members of the public around this fantastic exhibition, discussing such issues as the impact of the WTC Towers’ collapse on the typology of tall buildings, and how appropriate tall buildings are (or aren’t) to developing cities around the world today.”

The exhibition runs through September 23.