CHICAGO (March 18, 2014) This summer over 50 of Chicago's top retailers from Michigan Avenue, Oak Street and the city's Loop neighborhood will participate in a visual competition in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago's upcoming blockbuster exhibition, Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. In celebration of one of the original forms of public art, retail window design, the contest will be judged by 12 professionals from the art, retail and design community. Winning scores will be based on basic design principles, craftsmanship and industry trends.
With Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 expected to be the largest cultural event of the summer in Chicago, many of the window displays will bring some of the 20th century's most extraordinary images into the spotlight.
Chicagoans and tourists from around the world will be invited to cast a vote for their favorite design on the Project Windows website at MichiganAveMag.com/ProjectWindows between June 30-July 22, 2014. The "Art Institute of Chicago Award" will be given to the retailer who best integrates the Magritte theme into their display.
June 30-July 16, 2014 Professional Judging
June 30-July 22, 2014 Online Public Vote
June 24-October 13, 2014 Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Menil Collection, Houston. The exhibition features over 100 paintings, collages, drawings, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work by the provocative and highly regarded Belgian artist René Magritte (1898-1967). Displacement, transformation, metamorphosis, and the "misnaming" of objects as well as the representation of visions seen in half-waking states are among Magritte's key themes during these seminal years.
MICHIGAN AVENUE magazine is Chicago's premier luxury lifestyle publication chronicling renowned people, culture, politics, and parties that celebrate Chicago as a world-class city. MICHIGAN AVENUE is publicizing Project Windows for the third year in a row through print and digital media, and the exclusive Project Windows Awards Reception which takes place at the end of July.
Oak Street Design coordinates Project Windows and has a variety of resources and materials available to facilitate participation in this unique visual program. Please contact us for more information.
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