A View From Our Window

Poetics of Space: The List Center Window

It’s the singular, dominant physical feature of the List Center galleries: 8 feet high and 16 feet wide, centered on the east wall of the Hayden gallery. It has always been challenging to deal with and surprising how artists have responded to and used the window. In most cases, it is used as a framing device—other times, it is used as a light source to illuminate, or in the case of Hans Haacke’s 2011 exhibition, to germinate.

There are exhibitions, both solo and group, where the window is concealed for practical or conceptual reasons. The gallery may need total light control for a video projection. In other cases, total context control—an artist may want an immersive environment without a reference to the outside world—is it sunny or raining? Or, in the case of our Student Lending Art program, we just need every inch of wall space to hang artwork.

I have been with the List Center as the Manager of Exhibitions for over twenty years. During this time, I’ve installed over 160 exhibitions across our three gallery spaces with our fantastic crew including John Osorio-Buck, the List’s longtime Preparator. To close out April—National Poetry Month—we’re taking a visually poetic approach to this week’s #ListAtHome newsletter and looking back at the role our window has played inside the gallery space over the years.

Enjoy the view,

Timothy Lloyd
Manager of Exhibitions

Cerith Wyn Evans: Thoughts Unsaid, Now Forgotten
Curated by Bill Arning
On view October 7, 2004 - December 31, 2004

Adel Abdessemed: Situation and Practice
Curated by Jane Farver
On View October 11, 2008 – January 4, 2009

Hans Haacke Window Installation

Hans Haacke 1967
Curated by Caroline Jones
On View October 21 – December 31, 2011

Matthew Day Jackson Window View

Matthew Day Jackson: The Immeasurable Distance
Curated by Bill Arning
On View May 8 – July 12, 2009

Amalia Pica Window

Amalia Pica
Co-curated by João Ribas (List Center)
and Julie Rodrigues Widholm (MCA Chicago)
On View February 8 – April 7, 2013

Rosa Barba Window

Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space
Curated by Henriette Huldisch
On View October 23, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Inventory of Shimmers Window

An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art
Pictured in Window: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Loverboy), 1989
Curated by Henriette Huldisch
On View May 19 – July 16, 2017

Diana Thater Window View in Before Projection

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974–1995 
Pictured in window: Diana Thater, Snake River (1994)
Curated by Henriette Huldisch
On View February 8, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Allison Katz Window View

Allison Katz: Diary W/O Dates
Curated By Yuri Stone
On View May 18 – July 29, 2018

Life at Home: Tim's Picks

Tim Lloyd portrait

While at home, I’ve been enjoying reading Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, a historical novel charting the life and death of Thomas Cromwell, a powerful figure in the court of King Henry VIII during his final years from 1536-1540. 

I am also watching the Dick Van Dyke Show which ran from 1961-1966. Throughout the day, I am listening to (on continuous loop) Takuya Kuroda’s Everybody Loves the Sunshine (2014). 

My “headshot” is a ⅜” scale model made by our 2019 summer interns, Michaelann Ferro and Gina Lindner. 

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