Photo by Robin Hill

Farnsworth House is excited to announce DAVID WALLACE HASKINS: LANDSCAPE + LIGHT, an ongoing exhibition by our current artist-in-residence that begins in November as Haskins premieres, Image Continuous (from his Skycube series). This is the first of multiple new works which he will be installing over the next 12 months. The works will include a series of large-scale outdoor site-specific sculptures, an architectural intervention in the house, and a new series of works for the Barnsworth Gallery. More details coming soon!

Every Line is a Decision: The Life and Legacies of Peter Palumbo 

March 16, 2022—December 17, 2023

Join us as we jump into the Palumbo years (1971-2003) with a new interpretive wall and introductory film in the Visitor Center. This also marks the return of Miesian furnishings to the House accompanied by some of Lord Palumbo’s art and accessories, as they appeared c.1999.

Memory and Imagination: The Palumbo Era Landscape

March 20, 2022—May 15, 2022

This exhibition combines the photography of Sabastian van Damme and Dudley Fischer, taken in the 1990s when Baron Palumbo’s presence and collections were generally private. Van Damme’s faded photographs of the Farnsworth House evoke a sense of mystery and promise – echoed by Fischer’s faded photographs of Lord Palumbo’s Sculpture Walk, removed in 2002 before he sold the property to the National Trust. Interpretive text will explain the history of these rare photos.

The Travel of Architectural Photography: Views of the American Home by G.E. Kidder Smith

May 22, 2022—July 31, 2022

Three complementary exhibitions hosted simultaneously at the iconic Edith Farnsworth House in Plano, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and in S. R. Crown Hall on the IIT campus, reveal the key role that twentieth-century photography played in shaping our changing understanding of the built environment in Italy and the United States. This exhibition of historic American houses emerged from the G.E. Kidder Smith archive at the IUAV Archivio Progetti in Venice and coincides with a companion exhibition focused on G.E. Kidder Smith’s Italian Itineraries, held at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and a mini exhibition of his Chicago photographs at IIT College of Architecture, Graham Architecture Resource Center. These exhibitions coincide with the publication by ORO Editions of G. E. Kidder Smith Builds. The Travel of Architectural Photography written by Angelo Maggi with a preface by Michelangelo Sabatino.