War and Peace
Staff -- Interior Design, 5/1/2005 12:00:00 AM
The show "1945: Creativity and Crisis," at the Art Institute of Chicago, revisits contributions by the city's design community in the periods during and after World War II. Through January 8, 2006, the museum will present plans, drawings, and models that visually track concepts, which were fueled by wartime events.
Peacetime examples reveal the creativity that seemed to bloom postwar, ranging from vehicles to houses. A look back at an Amertorp torpedo plant that was converted into a shopping center by architect Albert Kahn is a highlight. Ditto for Henry P. Glass's painted 1952 Masonite-and-wood child's wardrobe for Fleetwood Furniture Company. 312-443-3600; artic.edu/aic.