Mar 22nd 2019

Celebrate Mies' 133rd Birthday

Thursday, March 28, 2019

S. R. Crown Hall | 3360 South State Street

5:30–8:80 p.m.

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On March 28 the Mies van der Rohe Society will host the 133rd birthday party for architectural icon Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which coincides with the 100th anniversary year of the founding of Bauhaus, the German school of art and design that Mies directed from 1930 until its closing in 1933. The celebration will take place at S. R. Crown Hall, one of Mies’ modernist masterpieces, and in Bauhausian fashion will feature live performances, including a dance piece by performers from the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, a jazz performance featuring musicians from VanderCook College of Music, and an exhibition of work by Barbara Kasten.

A selection of high-rise and long-span architectural models in the Miesian style will be on display from Chicago architects Myron Goldsmith, David Sharpe, Mahjoub M. Elnimeiri, andFazlur Khan; books and photographs of other projects also will be shown. Similarly, a second curated exhibit will trace the timeline of Mies’ life and work from Bauhaus to his tenure at Illinois Institute of Technology. A silent auction will feature items that Mies might have wanted for his birthday—among them, a $500 Paul Stuart gift card, a Florence Knoll side table, a martini set by Georg Jensen, and a box of fine cigars.

The evening will end with birthday cake and a martini toast to Mies by his grandson and architect Dirk Lohan.

5:30 p.m. Reception (open to paid attendees only)

6:30 p.m. Program and dance performance (open to all)

7:30 p.m. Toast to Mies