Mies van der Rohe’s Birthday Celebration at Illinois Institute of Technology Thursday, March 26, 2020


IIT is throwing it back to 1970!

Join IIT and the Mies van der Rohe Society for a party that pays homage to the era of McCormick Place’s reopening and celebrate the class of 1970’s 50th year anniversary. Nod to the decade by wearing your finest (semi-formal, chic) day-glo colors or flowers in your hair!

Exhibition: Long Spans + Prairie Gardens: Noteworthy architectural drawings will be featured in an exhibition demonstrative of the Second Chicago School whose origins can be traced to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s arrival to Chicago and the advent of Modernism. One of Mies’ most important students, Myron Goldsmith, said, “A building should be a coherent work of structural art in which the detail suggests the whole and the whole suggests the detail.” Alfred Caldwell was hired by Mies van der Rohe in 1944 to teach landscape architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), College of Architecture. He is quoted as saying, “the plants as drawn are not general, but specific botanical studies, as important to the architecture as the elements of the building itself.”

Thursday, March 26, 2020
5:00 pm–6:45 pm Exhibition: Mies’ Long Span Structures and Prairie Gardens
IIT Towe, 10 West 35th Street

7:00 pm–9:00 pm Mies Birthday Celebration: Flower Power
S. R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State Street

“The Mies van der Rohe Society is dedicated to preserving Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s legacy and maintaining the architectural integrity of his buildings at Illinois Institute of Technology, enhancing educational programs for the students, and reinforcing Chicago’s international reputation for architectural distinction.”

Tickets are $100 and $25 for students (ticket price includes a one-year membership to the Mies van der Rohe Society.)

RSVP by 3/19/2020 to rsvpevents@iit.edu or 312.567.5030, or visit alumni.iit.edu/mies-birthday-party to purchase your tickets online.

Purchase Tickets at this link


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