A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Chicago Makes Modern

Cover, Chicago Makes Modern, edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Jacquelynn Baas.

Publication: Chicago Makes Modern

As a result of the research on history of modernism in Chicago—through collaborations, exhibitions, and programs—the anthology Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society (2012) was created. The publication brought together scholarship from various stages of the process, research that both led to the development of the various aspects of the modern program, as well as new knowledge that was cultivated in response. With contributions from an acclaimed roster of contemporary artists, critics, and scholars, Chicago Makes Modern remapped twentieth-century modernism from our new-century perspective by asking an imperative question: How did the modern mind—deeply reflective, yet simultaneously directed—help to dramatically alter our perspectives on the world and make it new?