Chicago Art Institute: Modern Wing--page 3 (of 4 pages)

Renzo Piano

The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Court--looking south from the Monroe Street entrance

This processional way, a public space 300 feet long, 30 feet high and 30 feet wide, joins with the earlier building; it is a kind of main street, drawing visitors into the building and providing clear access to other areas of the Art Institute and is itself the main axis of the Modern Wing. Ouroussof describes it as a "long towering space enclosed beneath a glittering roof, "a contemporary version of a cathedral, designed for the worship of art." A grand suspended staircase leads up to the second and third floors.


Views of the Griffin Court from above


Views of the Griffin Court looking north, back toward the Monroe Street entrance


The Monroe Street entrance



The suspended staircase

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Works quoted and/or consulted:
Cuno, James, Paul Goldberger, and Joseph Rosa. The Modern Wing. Renzo Piano and the Art Institute of Chicago. New Haven and London: The Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, , n. d. [2009?]
Ouroussof, Nicolai. "Renzo Piano Embraces Chicago." New York Times, May 14, 2009.

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