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Rolf Achilles <email@example.com>
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
I'm particularly iterested in artistic production/stained glass/ceramics/furniture in the later 19th c. Midwest, especially among German immigrants. Neighborhood histories in Chicago, sacred interiors, windows, liturgical works, house interiors, histories of art collecting, influence of L.Sullivan, Healy&Millet, Frank Lloyd Wright on European art.
|Address:||415 W. Aldine Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Stained-Glass
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Business History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
European History / Studies
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Urban History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
World History / Studies
I am the curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass, opened February 2000, Navy Pier, Chicago. Other responsibilities include advising churches and synagogues on preservation and restoration of interior configurations, decoration and windows; Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History, School of the Art Institute of Chicago(since 1994) teaching courses in the history of the decorative arts and the historic preservation program. I'm on the Board of Directors of LPCI, Friends of the Windows, Office of Divine Worship, Center for Religious Architecture. Voting member of Public Art Commission. Chair of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister City Committee.
I have also been the administrative director, Mies van der Rohe Centennial Project, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1984 - 1986; curator, the Newberry Library Centennial Exhibitions, 1986 – 1988.
I write books, pamphlets, and articles regularly.
In progress: Catalogue for Smith Museum of Stained Glass.
In progress: Pride of Place: A Histroy of Streeterville.
In progress: A listing of all Chicago artists and artisans 1835-1916.
The Stained Glass at Temple Sholom, with Norman D. Schwartz, Temple Sholom, 2002.
Graceland Cemetery and Crematorium: a Re-assessment. With Charles Kiefer and Neal Vogel,
For the Trustees of Graceland Cemetery, November 2000.
"Spectacular Lobbies, self guided tour." Celebrating a Day of Chicago Architecture. May 2000.
More on SAIC web site.