The focus of Making Modernism is the literature of Chicago in connection with the unique urban, economic, and cultural history of the city. Chicago’s contributions to international modernism have predominantly focused on architecture, which we acknowledge with a design derived from the windows of Frank Lloyd Wright. This exhibit, however, gives emphasis to the literature of Chicago and its connections to developments across the arts.
Making Modernism originated in a summer institute for college and university faculty sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and held at the Newberry for four weeks in 2013. The short essays were written by institute participants, who collaborated in choosing items from the archives that make up this exhibit.