project details

The Art Institute of Chicago

Design Team
Larry Smallwood

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McQueen Exhibit

Startling images and overwhelming sound define Mr. McQueen's video work, but he wanted no barriers between displays with this doorless, short-lived exhibit. To keep order, each display room had a winding entrance shaped and finished to contain the mayhem within. We then individually tuned each room with panelized bass traps, diffusers, and batt absorption, all clad in dark gray fabric for a disciplined interior offering no competition to the display itself. As a last measure, we helped place the loudspeakers and calibrated each audio system to its specific environment.