I was a double

A composer and a curator had a conversation about how composers work, and how this relates to art making. This conversation was the inspiration for I was a double, an exhibition that brings together a group of artists that invent rules and then follow them; whether written or not, each artist makes a proposal to herself or himself that becomes realized in the physical artwork. Curators David Lang and Ian Berry asked the artists in I was a double for a sentence describing their rule making. David Lang composed music for each artwork based on the artists’ statements, making his score out of theirs. This book features a conversation between the curators along with an extensive selection of photographs documenting the installation, artworks, and Lang’s musical scores.
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Tang Teaching Museum
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Purtill Family Business
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Edited by Ian Berry and David Lang


Pattern by Monica Andrews '19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project began in 2017 with research on cultural institutions’ branding by Design Intern Mallika Acharya ’18. It progressed into a collaboration organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger with past and current Tang Design Interns to propose a Tang Museum branding refresh. Their new patterns draw inspiration from the Museum’s exhibition history.