Jan Tichy, Richard Gray Gallery
It’s a sign of the times when prime real estate is more accommodating to large-scale art installations than posh law offices. So, when the Richard Gray Gallery overtook the John Hancock Center’s vacant twenty-fourth floor to host a sprawling installation by video artist Jan Tichy, the corporate post-apocalypse never seemed so tangible. Tichy, who teaches at the School of the Art Institute, was born and raised in Prague, and lived in Jerusalem during the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His work is necessarily political yet surprisingly subtle, at turns ominous and hopeful.
875 North Michigan, 25th floor
Best of Chicago 2009