• The (other) Chicago Seven
    Daniel Andries
    Daniel Andries

Stanley Tigerman, American, born 1930, The Titanic, 1978, Photomontage on paper, Approx. 28 x 35.7 cm, Gift of Stanley Tigerman, 1984.802, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago.

The (other) Chicago Seven explores the history of the architectural group the Chicago Seven, later the Chicago Eleven. Self-consciously echoing political radicals of 1960s, these architectural practitioners were out to assault the architectural status quo of modernism. From 1976 to 1980, the group used shows, publications, and symposiums to actively re-imagine the potential of architecture in Chicago. The documentary explores the birth of the postmodern notion that Stanley Tigerman brought to Stuart Cohen to challenge the Mies-centric vision of Chicago architecture, exemplified by a traveling exhibit at the MCA in 1976, through a counter-exhibition recognizing excluded architects. Ultimately, the group went national with “late entries” to the Chicago Tribune Tower Competition and ended by re-establishing the Chicago Architectural Club. The (other) Chicago Seven is a critical assessment of the group's efforts to craft an antidote to the aesthetically moribund condition of American architecture in the 1970s.

Daniel Andries is an award-winning television producer/director with extensive experience in arts journalism and documentary work. His half-hour documentaries on Robert A.M. Stern and Michael Graves were aired nationally on PBS. His short PBS documentary on Jeanne Gang was featured in the Architecture and Design Film Festival. He has won five Emmys and four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Invisible Hand:  Architect Thomas Beeby featured a short version of the story of the Chicago Seven and inspired Andries to consider making a longer piece about the group. Other documentaries include Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts, DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis, Out and Proud in Chicago, and Chicago by Boat: The New River Tour (with Geoffrey Baer). A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Andries has been a full-time employee of WTTW, Channel 11, since 2000.