Marshall Brown: ZIGGURAT, an architectural chimera

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Apr 28 2016 - Aug 6 2016

Architect Marshall Brown, recently named a participant in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, creates a garden folly for The Arts Club of Chicago. Traditionally, follies are small pleasure pavilions that trace back to great eighteenth-century French and English gardens. ZIGGURAT draws upon Brown’s recent photomontage series, Chimera, which incorporates found fragments of architectural photography. 

Inspired by the lion-headed goat/dragon from classical mythology, Brown’s folly for The Arts Club embraces our world of relentless hybridity, where anything and everything is a potential readymade, subject to endless sampling and remixing. Using a technique he calls “stealth collage,” Brown samples masterworks by the architects Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, and Zaha Hadid to design the three-dimensional construction of a graphic inspiration. This is Brown’s first building realized in Chicago. 

Marshall Brown is a licensed architect and urban designer. His practice has worked on several projects in Chicago, including the Navy Pier redevelopment and a master plan for the neighborhood of Washington Park. ... Brown was a 2010 MacDowell Fellow, and also the first Saarinen Architecture Fellow at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He received his Masters degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University where he won the Druker Fellowship for urban design. Marshall Brown is also an associate professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture. His projects and essays have appeared in several books and journals, including Metropolis, The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Crain’s, The New York Daily News, Art Papers, The Believer, and New Directions in Sustainable Design.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Architecture
  • American
  • Contemporary
  • Design
  • Marshall Brown

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