Studio Visit | Pitchfork

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On Thursday, May 7, 2015, MAS Context organized a studio visit to Pitchfork. Designer Michael Renaud, creative director of Pitchfork and contributor to our Repetition issue, discussed the ideas behind The Pitchfork Review and his experience working on the first five issues, as well as his design approach to the different areas of Pitchfork.

Pitchfork has been the leading voice in independent music since 1996, with an audience of more than 5 million unique visitors each month. Every year they organize fantastic music festivals in Chicago and Paris and, in July of 2013, they launched The Dissolve, a reference website for movie lovers.

In December of 2013 they released the first issue of The Pitchfork Review, a quarterly print publication featuring long-form feature stories, photography, design, cartoons, and other ephemera that documents music culture, past and present. You can find more information about The Pitchfork Review at www.thepitchforkreview.com.

Thank you very much to Michael Renaud and Molly Butterfoss for taking the time to share their work, and to all of you who attended the event.

Below are a few photographs of the event:

 

 
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Exploring the Ryerson & Burnham Archives at the Art Institute of Chicago

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Ryerson & Burnham Archives, Art Institute of Chicago, 2015 © Iker Gil

 

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, MAS Context organized a visit to the Ryerson & Burnham Archives located at the Art Institute of Chicago. Mary Woolever, Art and Architecture archivist, and Nathaniel Parks, assistant archivist, provided an overview of their archival work, as well as highlight key and rare works from the collections. They also discussed the influential Chicago Architects Oral History Project, a collection of oral histories that, since 1983, has been documenting the contributions of architects to Chicago during the twentieth-century.

The Ryerson & Burnham Archives’ collections are notably strong in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American architecture, with particular depth in midwestern architecture. Architects such as Edward Bennett, Daniel Burnham, Bruce Goff, Bertrand Goldberg, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright are represented in a broad range of papers. Major architectural events, such as the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, The Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933–1934 in Chicago, and the World’s Fair of 1939 in New York, are also represented in an individual archive.

You can browse the Ryerson & Burnham Archives at www.artic.edu/research/archival-collections

For more information about the Chicago Architects Oral History Project, please visit the official website digital-libraries.saic.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/caohp

We are extremely thankful to Mary Woolever and Nathaniel Parks for taking the time to share key items of their archives, and to all of you who attended the event.

Below are a selection of images of the event:

 

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Mary Woolever discussing the work of Marion Mahony Griffin © Iker Gil

 

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Mary Woolever reading a letter by Frank Lloyd Wright © Iker Gil

 

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Nathaniel Parks sharing a holograph draft of the Plan of Chicago by Daniel H. Burnham © Iker Gil

 

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Manufacturers Building, Traveler, World’s Columbian Exposition, August 11 1892, Chicago, Illinois. C.D. Arnold, photographer © Iker Gil

 

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Admission ticket, World’s Columbian Exposition c.1892-1893, Chicago, Illinois © Iker Gil

 

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Employee pass, World’s Columbian Exposition c.1892-1893, Chicago, Illinois © Iker Gil

 

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Concession coupon, World’s Columbian Exposition c.1892-1893, Chicago, Illinois © Iker Gil

 

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W.M. Peirce Anderson, Diploma medal from the Société des Architectes, 1900 © Iker Gil

 

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Daniel H. Burnham and Co, Flatiron Building, New York City, 1902, Leather postcard, Early 20th Century © Iker Gil

 

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Howard van Doren Shaw, Travel sketchbook “Objects in the Volksmuseum, Kopenhagen, Paris, Dusseldorf, Munich, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, Lubeck, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Bremen,” 1913 © Iker Gil

 

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Greater Sydney Development Association, Castlecrag Album, c. 1926. The brochure advertised the buildings and amenities in the new Castlecrag suburb of Sydney, Australia. Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin had purchased 650 acres of underdeveloped land in 1921, and established the Greater Sydney Development Association to sell individual lots as well as their architectural services © Iker Gil

 

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Louis Henri Sullivan, A System of Architectural Ornament, 1922-1924 © Iker Gil

 

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Hochhausstadt (“Project for a Highrise city”), east-west and north-south street views, 1924. Ludwig Hilberseimer, an urban planner and instructor at the Bauhaus in Dessau (and later at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago) conceived the Hochhausstadt (Highrise city) as an exceedingly ordered city. The plan calls for multiple levels of transportation – one for auto traffic, another for pedestrian traffic – with identical high-rise structures organized in uniform blocks along the grid created by routes of transportation. The starkness of the plan and dehumanization of the environment later caused Hilberseimer to remark that it was intended solely to resolve the problem of traffic planning. © Iker Gil

 

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Bruce Goff, Three Exaggerations: 1.Going – 2.Going – 3.Gone!, 1933 © Iker Gil

 

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Bruce Goff, John Garvey house, color drawing, 1954 © Iker Gil

 

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Bertrand Goldberg, Unicel Prefab Freight Car, c.1952, and Marina City, Rental brochure, c.1963 © Iker Gil

 

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Bertrand Goldberg, Marina City, Rental brochure cover detail, c.1963 © Iker Gil

 

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The Harold Washington Library Center, The Chicago Public Library, 1988 © Iker Gil

 

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Competition entry by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The Harold Washington Library Center, The Chicago Public Library, 1988 © Iker Gil

Studio Visit | the JNL graphic design

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On Thursday, April 2, 2015, MAS Context organized a studio visit to the JNL graphic design. The JNL is lead by Jason Pickleman, one of Chicago’s most sought-after graphic designers and a longtime collaborator of MAS Context as well as a current member of our board of advisors. His work has appeared in several issues of MAS Context, including our first cover and our first interview. His talk about “Language” during our first MAS Context Analog event is also not one to miss.

Jason Pickleman’s studio specializes in the creation of graphic objects of unique cultural significance. Catalogues, site-specific artworks, dimensional signage, advertising, brand identities and related collateral are part and parcel of his daily work flow. With over 20 years of work, Jason has designed the identity for a multitude of clients including Blackbird, Big Star, Avec, Publican, The Wit, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Harrington College of Art and Design, Millennium Park, and Expo Chicago. Jason was included in the 2007 exhibition “Young Chicago” at the Art Institute of Chicago, and his work has subsequently been placed into the museum’s permanent collection. You can see more of his work at www.jnldesign.com.

Thank you very much to Jason Pickleman and Dan Marsden for taking the time to share their work, and to all of you who attended the event.

Below are a few pictures of the event:

 
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