This miniature room by Narcissa Niblack Thorne is one of the first set of rooms, made before she embarked on sets two and three that are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. The room was exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1934) and The Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco (1940). From the early 1960s until 2019, the location of the room was unknown.
The 17-1/2’ long work, created by Los Angeles-based artist Chris Toledo, is comprised of a central atrium and five galleries. The atrium features various classical Greek and Roman architectural elements, which Toledo derived from his observations of design and construction at a number of historic museums throughout the world.
The exhibit highlights the work of four contemporary artists who use miniatures in their artistic process to explore powerful topics related to the impact of humans on our world. The artists are, as follows: Amy Bennett – paintings, Lori Nix + Kathleen Gerber – photographs, and Carol K. Rasaphangthong – video.