Play the new artistic mini golf course at Elmhurst Art Museum
In a unique meeting of leisure and art, the Elmhurst Art Museum has joined forces with Colossal founder Christopher Jobson to organize two 9-hole golf courses created by the artists Par Excellence Redux.
The “Front 9” opens at the museum from July 7 to September 16, 2021 and “The Back 9” will continue to have fun from October 13 to January 2, 2022.
The fully playable course, designed by artists and architects from the Midwest and beyond, pays homage to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s hugely popular 1988 exhibit, “Par Excellence.” Tee time reservations are made online and available from June 1 to elmhurstartmuseum.org/golf.
Par Excellence Redux promises an unusual twist of a familiar pastime in the museum’s galleries as players explore a surprisingly diverse collection of themes – from social justice to the occult. The exhibit features a fortune telling hole that has the power to drastically change scores as well as a hole that challenges players with an optical illusion. The exhibit was originally scheduled to open on May 9, 2020, but has been postponed due to COVID-19 and has since been redesigned to meet current city and state security mandates.
“Front 9”, exhibited in the main galleries of the museum, includes:
• Hole # 1, “Cross-Section Castle,” by A Couple of Putts designer duo Robin Schwartzman and Tom Loftus (Minneapolis, Minnesota), offers an alternate take on a miniature golf castle by offering players a overview of the course of the ball ramps and around custom figures inside.
• Hole # 2, “Participation Trophy” by Jesse Meredith (Chicago, Illinois), features numerous holes of golf on rounded turf, offering multiple routes for a winning shot.
• Hole # 3, “Straight Shot,” created by design collective Current Projects (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) sends players through a small room constructed to distort perspective and create a deeper optical illusion.
• Hole # 4, “Razzle Dazzle” by Andrea Jablonski & Stolatis Inc. (Chicago, Illinois) uses ramps, loop and cross geometric shapes to provide fun and difficulty through contrasting camouflage patterns .
• Hole # 5, “The Greens of Cabrini,” by Julie Cowan (Evanston, Illinois) takes the player through time, starting with the suction opening of The Cabrini Green Homes, going through the boom of the Old Town Square commercial development.
• Hole # 6, “Just Desserts” by Latent Design (Chicago, Illinois) is a colorful spiral cone that a golfer must use to navigate the heights of the green and the bottoms of the hole.
• Hole n ° 7, “Chairy Who?” by Gautum Rao (Indianapolis, Indiana) features iconic mid-century furniture obstacles in homage to the museum’s McCormick House.
• Hole # 8, from the Teen Art Council of Elmhurst Art Museum, a putter-free hole, sends golf balls through maze-shaped tubes with their own rules.
• Hole # 9, “Determine Your Fate” by Annalee Koehn (Chicago, Illinois) is equal parts skill challenge, game of chance and fortune cookie.
The original 1988 Par Excellence exhibit at the School of the Art Institute was designed by Chicago sculptor Michael O’Brien and opened to queues along the block. The exhibit at Elmhurst will pay homage to the original course through ephemera, newspaper clippings and photos. Designer Annalee Koehn, who was one of the organizers of the original 1988 exhibit, will recreate her fortune-telling hole, Determine Your Fate. Par Excellence was possibly the first artist-designed mini-golf course ever to be created and paved the way for future artistic golf courses to follow.
Back 9 artists will be announced in July 2021.
Colossal is an international platform for contemporary art and visual expression that celebrates a wide range of creative disciplines. Founded as a blog in 2010 by writer and curator Christopher Jobson, the site has over 6,500 articles published by contributors around the world and reaches tens of millions of readers each month across multiple online channels. Colossal is based in Chicago and now works internationally to organize and produce large-scale art exhibitions and film events. Learn more about thisiscolossal.com/about and christopher.jobs/on/.
New museum hours
The Elmhurst Art Museum is located at 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., 25 minutes from downtown Chicago by car or public transit (Metra). On the museum’s campus is the McCormick House, a single-family house designed in 1952 by Mies van der Rohe, one of the great architects of the 20th century. The McCormick House is one of only three residences designed and built by Mies in the United States – and one of only two open to the public.
As a unique arts complex, the Elmhurst Art Museum is deeply engaged in three distinct areas of interest to inspire and enrich our community: art, education and architecture. The museum is one block from the Elmhurst Metra station and as of July 7, 2021, the museum will resume its new hours and will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. . It is also open every second Friday of the month from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Golf prices are $ 10 for those 16 and over, $ 8 for seniors, $ 5 for children (ages 5 to 15) or free for children under 5. information, call (630) 834-0202 or visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.