The Art Institute of Chicago
Folk Art Gallery
The gallery will feature a rotation of exhibits, so the space and lighting system were designed with simplicity, practicality and flexibility in mind.
  • Project Type
    • Building
  • Status
  • Services
  • Location
    • Chicago, IL
  • Duration
    • 4 Months
  • Size
    • 3,600 sqft
  • Architect
    • WHY Architecture
Project Overview

The design and reinstallation of The Art Institute of Chicago's Folk Art Gallery takes into consideration the proportion of the gallery’s varying spaces and their qualities of light. The gallery will feature a rotation of exhibits, so the spaces and lighting system were designed with flexibility in mind. The simple and practical solution can suit a variety of works and sizes.

Existing structural conditions provided certain constraints to lower spaces in the gallery. These were transformed into alcoves, which are more conductive for closer and intimate viewing. Removable cases can be installed for manuscripts or horizontal displays for delicate works of art.