ACM is excited to renew our collaboration with Open House Chicago for the seventh consecutive year. We’ve commissioned composers David A. Jaffe and Victoria Malawey to write music inspired by the Newberry Library and the Arts Club of Chicago.
On October 13 between noon and 3:00 PM we’ll have musicians in each building to perform the pieces every 15 minutes. Open House Chicago is free and open to the public and there is complete information here.
Arts Club of Chicago
Music by Victoria Malawey
The Arts Club was founded in 1916 and has occupied eight different sites. The present building was the first to be conceived exclusively for the Arts Club. It opened in 1997 and was designed by John Vinci of Vinci/Hamp Architects, Inc.
The core of the design is a staircase by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The staircase was rescued from the prior Arts Club interior prior to demolition. The founding mission of the Arts Club is “to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers
Music by David A. Jaffe
Founded in 1887, the Newberry Library was designed by Henry Ives Cobb, whose taste for both architectural detail and monumentality is reflected in the neo-Romanesque exterior of the building.
The interior took shape according to the vision of the Newberry’s first president, William Frederick Poole, who restrained Cobb’s grandeur in favor of more practical considerations: rooms allowing users to access reading material as easily as possible.
Since opening its doors 125 years ago, the Newberry has undergone a number of renovations, including a project completed this September that modernizes the first floor with a new welcome center, redesigned galleries, an expanded bookshop, and a range of spaces for public programming.