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New exhibit opens at Farnsworth House

Farnsworth House and the National Trust for Historic Preservation invite the public to join the opening celebration for a new exhibit, “Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views,” from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.

Refreshments will be served.

The event will be held in Barnsworth Gallery and the adjacent visitor center. This exhibit is a companion piece to a larger exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum, which closes on Aug. 26.

The McCormick House (1952) is one of only three single-family homes in the U.S. built by Mies van der Rohe, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century.

The home is a rare and important example of his mature style, incorporating elements of his celebrated designs for the Farnsworth House (1951) and 860-880 Lake Shore Drive (also completed in 1951). On the occasion of the restoration of the McCormick House’s original fašade – showing the building’s full exterior for the first time in nearly 25 years – a more extensive version of this exhibition is on view at the Elmhurst Art Museum with supplementary models, original drawings, and more.

This satellite version of the in-depth three-part exhibition includes photographs and historical comparisons of the prototype designed for prefab developments in the western Chicago suburbs. The exhibition was curated by Barry Bergdoll and coordinated by Lal Bahcecioglu.

This exhibit continues through Sept. 30 and can be viewed during Farnsworth House regular hours. Admission to the exhibit is free.

Open to the public from April through November, the house and property are accessible via ticketed guided tours. Tours are given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.

The house museum’s annual visitation is over 9,500 individuals from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.

For more information about Farnsworth House, call 630-552-0052 or visit FarnsworthHouse.org.

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