Millennium Park Announces Newly-Commissioned Sculpture Exhibitions by Two Chicago-Based Artists

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The Millennium Park Foundation and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events are pleased to announce two new sculpture exhibitions located in the Boeing Galleries North and South. The newly commissioned works, on display through 2021, are site-specific installations by Chicago-based artists Edra Soto and Christine Tarkowski.

Edra Soto
Boeing Gallery North

Constructed from approximately 400 charcoal-hued, 12-inch cast concrete blocks, the 10-foot high pavilion-like structure comes out of an ongoing series exploring symbolic transplants of iron grills and decorative concrete screen blocks found throughout the Caribbean and the American South. These decorative screens, known as rejas and quiebrasoles, are ubiquitous in Soto’s birthplace in Puerto Rico. In Screenhouse, Soto transforms the quiebrasol form from a planar screen that divides public from private into a nearly fully enclosed, free-standing structure that functions as both a sculptural object and a social gathering place.

Christine Tarkowski
Boeing Gallery South (photo)

Christine Tarkowski’s work is as extravagantly conjured as its title, taken from the 18th-century British astronomer William Herschel. The startling presence of candy-colored hand blown glass boulders suspended above and about earthbound boulders evokes a strange, yet elemental landscape–ironically similar to our environment, both natural and built. The installation, set down in the midst of the highly manicured garden of Millennium Park, seems a gentle critique of how cities build, manipulate, and re-present natural forms.

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