Height inspiration

Skyscraper becomes a source of inspiration and admiration through an exhibition which takes place in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago.

  Installation No. 3, 2007
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem


Jeff Carter
Untitled #3 (Chicago Tribune Tower), 2010

Height has always been a lure for the people. The creation of even higher buildings is a strong proof over the years. This temptation did not leave the artists untouched. That’s why skyscrapers have often been starring in various artistic projects.


 2 duratrans photos in lightboxes
91 x 59 x 5 in. (231.1 x 149.9 x 12.7 cm)
Edition 1 of 3
The Guthman Collection, Chicago

Transparent City #6, 2007
Chromogenic print
62 x 48 in. (157.5 x 121.9 cm)
Edition of 9, plus 2 APs
Collection of Marilyn and Larry Fields. Courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco

This was noticed by Michael Darling, the MCA’s James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, among with Joanna Szupinska, the museum’s Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow and got the idea of creating an exhibition with works of various artists who use skyscraper as a protagonist. “Skyscraper: Art and Architecture against Gravity” is the name of the exhibition, which is influenced by Chicago itself, whose history is inextricably tied to tall buildings. All the exhibits deal with the form, technology and appearance of these giant buildings, as well as the change of their notation after the attack of September 11. In other words how they converted from works of optimism and technological progress to capitalist symbols.


Enoc Perez
Marina Towers, Chicago, 2011

 Chris Burden 2011
Sculpture of the Chrysler Building

The exhibition features the work of Fikret Atay, Jennifer Bolande, Roger Brown, Jeff Carter, Roe Ethridge, Jonathan Horowitz, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Jakob Kolding, Vera Lutter, Abelardo Morell, Eliza Myrie, Ahmet Ögüt , Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Enoc Perez, Monika Sosnowska, Thomas Struth, Jan Tichy, Andy Warhol, Peter Wegner, H. C. Westermann, Wesley Willis, Catherine Yass, and Shizuka Yokomizo, among others and is open to the public until September 23.

Konstantina Livaditi

Kader Attia
Untitled (Skyline), 2007
 Colin Davidson