Art at 1000M: How to Curate a Building Collection
14 March 2019
The 1000M Sales Gallery not only showcases the building’s gorgeous luxury condominiums; it also is home to a collection of world-class contemporary art. As part of our conversation with Jennie Lamensdorf, curator for the collection, we gained some insight into what kind of effort went into selecting pieces for 1000M.
The works currently reside in the Sales Gallery and will move into the building’s amenity spaces once construction is complete. In making selections, Lamensdorf wanted to strike a balance between pieces that feel as though they work in both public and domestic space. She also wanted to add some “pop” to Mann’s minimalist color palette. Large pieces, including Ben Murry’s Hall, will be hung in one of the grand, open settings in the building, and treated like a center of attention. “If there are monumental works of art that you’re going to look at every time you enter or leave the 1000M lobby,” explains Lamensdorf, “they have to be amazing.”
Curating a collection for a residential building is much different than for a public installation. “When I’m curating in a public art space, my voice, my opinion and my politics are important to the project. When it’s in a private residential space like 1000M, I feel the audience is far more important than me,” Lamensdorf says. “And because the work will remain for years to come, I want to make certain that the selections I make bring joy to residents and their guests with every encounter. It’s for this reason that I chose abstract pieces over portraits and photography, since they invite the viewer to form their own opinions and appreciate new things over time.”
Lamensdorf goes on, “In narrowing the selection of works for 1000M, I took inspiration from the building’s presence in Chicago, as well as its reputation as an international city. As a result, the roster of artists — and the type of work they make — is broad and diverse.”
Lamensdorf hopes that putting art into the 1000M amenity spaces will help to foster creativity in resident’s everyday lives. “I want people to draw inspiration from the pieces they interact with, and for their lives to be made better,” says Lamensdorf. “And for residents with children, we have the additional opportunity to introduce them to wonderful new ways to see the world from a young age.”
Stay tuned for more articles to come in our Art at 1000M series!