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Storytelling Series with Art Design Chicago: Lauren Boegen, Jonathan Solomon & Lara Allison

May 14, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm The Tank

With reverence to an influential series of mid-20th century advertisements created by Chicago-based Container Corporation, the Chicago Design Museum has commissioned contemporary artists to create works inspired by important thinkers to form a new series entitled Great Ideas of Humanity. As part of Art Design Chicago, the series is now on view at the Museum in their exhibition, Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container. In this conversation, Chicago Design Museum Executive Director Lauren Boegen talks with designer Jonathan Solomon and historian Lara Allison about the historic Great Ideas series and its impact today.

Lauren Boegen is the Executive Director of Operations and Collections at the Chicago Design Museum. Beyond day-to-day operations, her work at the Museum focuses on the its relationship with objects and on how to tell compelling, engaging stories for the general public, designers, and students.

Jonathan Solomon is Associate Professor and Director of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His drawings, analytical and counterfactual urban narratives, appear in Cities Without Ground (ORO, 2012), and 13 Projects for the Sheridan Expressway (PAPress, 2004). Solomon edits Forty-Five, a journal of outside research, and was curator of the US Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. His interests include extra-disciplinary, post-growth, and non-anthroponormative design futures. Solomon received a BA from Columbia University and an MArch from Princeton University and is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois.

Lara Allison teaches design history at the School of the Art Institute and is the editor of the Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine. Her current research focuses on the legacies of European avant-garde culture in American corporate and institutional advertising and design from the 1930s through the 1970s.

This complimentary event will take place in The Tank at 6:00pm with seating first come, first served.


Photo caption: Troy Lehman on Laszlo Moholy Nagy, It all looks familiar…, 2018. Courtesy of Chicago Design Museum.

About the Storytelling Series
The Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Storytelling Series shares compelling stories and interviews from inspiring movers, shakers and visitors making an impact in Chicago and beyond. From artists to musicians, innovators and adventurers to visionaries with a great story to tell – the series gives an inside look into the experiences that have shaped the speakers’ work and lives.

While our 125-year-old walls may not be able to tell tales of the past – and boy if they could – the Storytelling Series honors the tradition of welcoming the world’s finest into its halls by capturing today’s tales. The ongoing series takes place fireside in the Drawing Room, is complimentary to attendees, and affords one hour of storytelling followed by a brief Q&A. To withstand the test of time, sessions are recorded for our Storytelling Series Podcast, available for download and listening at and on iTunes.

About Art Design Chicago
Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Led by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy with more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of events throughout 2018. For more information visit

May 14, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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