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Jessica Stockholder’s “Color Jam” Opens in Loop

An installation by Jessica Stockholder, Professor and Chair in the Department of Visual Arts, opened this week as part of the public art initiative sponsored by the Chicago Loop Alliance. Color Jam, a large-scale public art installation covering the intersection of State and Adams, opened last week and will be on display until September 30. The art work involves 76,000 square feet of colored vinyl that covers portions of the street, sidewalk, and sides of building and is the largest contiguous vinyl project in the U.S, according to The New York Times.

From The New York Times:

By wrapping the four corners of State and Adams Streets (and parts of buildings there) in swaths of burnt orange, lime green and turquoise — think of Christo meets Hans Hofmann — she deconstructs this slice of the business-as-usual world and transforms it into a playful and imaginative realm. Ms. Stockholder, whose work has been shown at Dia Art Foundation in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pompidou Center in Paris, is the chairwoman of the visual arts department at the University of Chicago and is known for multidimensional, site-specific works that merge painting and sculpture.

MSNBC interviewed Stockholder and filmed the installation process; you can watch the video here. Read The New York Times article here, and a Chicago Tribune review here.

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