Art Institute of Chicago: Chagall Windows
After a five-year absence, Marc Chagall’s America Windows returned to public view in November of 2010 as the centerpiece of a new presentation of public art in Chicago. VHA worked closely with museum curators and conservators, researching the original installation and developing a gallery design consistent with Chagall’s intent while improving the conditions for object conservation and visitor experience. VHA also consulted on the renovation of the adjacent Rubloff lobby gallery and the installation of public sculpture maquettes complementing the windows. A special challenge in the project was achieving proper illumination via artificial light sources only, a conservation requirement for the fragile windows. The solution, a light box space behind the glass with diffusing curtains, provides optimal color and adjustable brightness levels for various installation needs.