MAS Context Spring Talks 2020
Richard Haas

Homage to the Chicago School 1/100, Richard John Haas, 1983. Courtesy of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.


This event has been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related restrictions on travel. We will try to reschedule this event this fall.


Saturday, March 28, 2020. Event starts at 11 am.
The event is free with museum admission. Please, check coats and bags before entering the library.


Artist Richard Haas will lecture on Saturday, March 28, as part of MAS Context’s 2020 Spring Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Ryerson & Burnham Archives at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603).


An Artist About Architecture


“Richard Haas is an artist about architecture—he makes people stop and think about architecture and realize that buildings are not just a backdrop; they are also an active presence in our lives.”
-Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic.


Spring Green-born, New York-based artist Richard Haas created his very first outdoor mural in 1974. Commissioned by Citywalls, Inc., the mural on 112 Prince Street in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood repeated the cast iron wall of the front of the building on its east wall. Since then, he has created over 100 interior and exterior murals throughout the world. Cities like Boston, Fort Worth, Munich, Pittsburgh, Portland, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. are home to his large-scale architectural murals that use the trompe l’oeil style. Chicago has been the focus of several of his interior and exterior murals, including Homage to the Chicago School located on 1211 North LaSalle Street and completed in 1980. Homewood, Illinois, is home to the largest collection of Richard Haas murals anywhere in the world, with fifteen murals completed since he was first invited in the early 1980s. Besides the interior and exterior murals, Richard Haas has employed a multitude of media, including dioramic boxes, paintings, and prints.

During this event, internationally renowned artist Richard Haas will give an overview of key aspects of his remarkable five-decade career and discuss a selection of original drawings that are part of the Ryerson & Burnham Archives. This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy these original items and hear first-hand from the artist.

The following day, (March 29, 2020), Richard Haas will lecture in Homewood, IL, where he has done fifteen murals. More information about the event here:



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About the Ryerson & Burnham Archives
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.


Richard Haas is an American artist who is best known for architectural murals and his use of the trompe l’oeil style. Haas’ work has received awards from the American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor, 1977, Guggenheim Fellowship 1983, National Endowment of Arts award l987, Distinguished Alumnus Award University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1991, Jimmy Ernst award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York 2005. He was elected into the National Academy of Design in 1993 as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1994. He served as President of the Academy from 2009 to 2011.

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