Now open on the Elmhurst Artwork Museum is Par Excellence Redux, a miniature golf course that includes a broadly diverse assortment of playable artworks. Curated by Colossal’s founder and editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson as a part of an open name, the two-part course pays homage to the wildly fashionable Par Excellence that opened in 1988 on the College of the Artwork Institute of Chicago. The designs vary from a difficult optical phantasm to a maze-like fortress with the potential for a hole-in-one to Annalee Koehn’s fortune-telling piece first proven 33 years in the past within the preliminary exhibition.
Chicago sculptor Michael O’Brien conceived of the unique Par Excellence, which opened to strains down the block and subsequently offered out day by day. It was acknowledged nationally in The New York Instances, Wall Road Journal, and Chicago Tribune, amongst others, and went on tour all through Illinois earlier than returning to Chicago as a rebranded business challenge known as ArtGolf, which was situated at 1800 N. Clybourn in Lincoln Park on the location that’s now occupied by Goose Island Brewery. Though artist-designed golf programs are proven at quite a lot of Midwest museums—you possibly can see variations on the Walker Art Center, The Sheldon, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art—Par Excellence is broadly considered the primary.
The Front 9, which runs via September 26, options artists Julie Cowan, Present Tasks, Andrea Jablonski & Stolatis Inc., Annalee Koehn, Latent Design, Jesse Meredith, Gautam Rao, Robin Schwartzman & Tom Loftus (aka A Couple of Putts), and the museum’s Teen Art Council. Open October 13, 2021, to January 2, 2022, The Back 9 exhibits work from artists Wesley Baker, KT Duffy, Eve Fineman, Joshua Kirsch, Annalee Koehn, Vincent Lotesto, Joshua Lowe, Jim Merz, David Quednau, and Liam Wilson & Anna Gershon.
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