This panel will explore how historic house museums can leverage their architectures and legacies to connect the past with the present. The site-specific work of Young and Horibuchi draws on family, history, architecture, and museum practices to examine the way house museums can bridge our understanding of the past to current discourses on representation, truth, and the role of exhibitions. Presented in partnership with Northern Trust.
About the Exhibition
The Driehaus Museum’s contemporary art series, A Tale of Today: New Artists at the Driehaus Museum, launched in 2019. The series takes its name from The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, the 1873 book by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that gave the era its name. A Tale of Today also includes a fellowship program that engages with Chicago-based emerging artists, promoting their careers and expanding their networks. The second exhibition in the Driehaus Museum’s new contemporary art initiative focuses on two Chicago-based artists, Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi, whose works engage our expectations of the Nickerson Mansion by responding to the design and history of the 1883 building. The newly commissioned artistic additions by both artists consider the interiors and architecture of the building, questioning mainstream historical narratives and inviting the opportunity to reflect on the history of a place from a diversity of perspectives.
Panelists | Nate Young (Artist | moniquemeloche), Mika Horibuchi (Artist | PATRON), Kekeli Sumah (Driehaus Museum), Ann Lui (Future Firm), Ross Jordan (Jane Addams Hull House Museum), and Stephanie Cristello (EXPO CHICAGO, THE SEEN).