Chicago artist Assaf Evron dresses up Crown Hall with an installation inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s collages

At the center of Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus is Crown Hall, an iconic Mies van der Rohe building that houses the university’s School of Architecture. The building is peak Mies, recognizable by its exposed structure, transparent facades, and restrained embellishment. Last month, the quietly prestigious building was the recipient of a striking installation by Chicago-based artist Assaf Evron. Aptly titled Collage for S.R. Crown Hall, the piece is comprised of a 650-square-foot photograph of a desert landscape hung in the clerestory windows above the building’s South entrance.

Evron’s interest in Mies’ designs began with his collages, an obscure body of work compared to

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