Warhol comes to Crown Hall: Architecture with a chance of 'Clouds'

June 7, 2010


(photo by Lee Bey) 

The late Andy Warhol's famed Silver Clouds is billowing around the interior of IIT's Crown Hall. It's worth checking out.

One thousand helium-filled mylar balloons--seemingly with minds of their own--rise and float around the interior of the Mies van der Rohe-designed glass pavilion/masterpiece/home to the IIT's College of Architecture. Warhol and engineer Billy Klƒ¼ver created Silver Clouds, which debuted at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1966, and it became an instant icon of modern art. The folks at the Mies van der Rohe Society at IIT say the Crown Hall showing of Clouds is the biggest installation of the work yet, with scores of balloons joyously animating the modernist building's huge interior.

I didn't shoot the interior, heeding a sign that asked patrons not to photograph the exhibit, but fear not:‚  There is a video link below. I did have a good time shooting Clouds from the outside of glassy Crown Hall,‚  juxtaposing Warhol's clouds against the real ones:


(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)

 Edward Lifson has some pretty trippy video of the Crown Hall installation on his stellar "Hello Beautiful!" blog. Clouds form at Crown Hall between 10am and 4pm, Wednesdays through Sundays from now to August 1.