The fully playable course will be conceived and fabricated by a new group of contemporary artists, designers, and architects selected through an open call process. Designed to fill the entirety of the museum’s interior galleries, the course will be comprised of a surprisingly varied collection of themes and forms, promising an unusual twist on a familiar pastime.
Participating artists: Wesley Baker, Julie Cowan, Current Projects, Katherine Darnstadt, KT Duffy, Eve Fineman, Andrea Jablonski, Joshua Kirsch, Annalee Koehn, Vincent Lotesto, Joshua Lowe, Jesse Meredith, Jim Merz, David Quednau, Gautum Rao, Robin Schwartzman, Liam Wilson, Anna Gershoni, and the museum’s Teen Art Council.
The extraordinarily popular exhibition Par Excellence (1988) was the brainchild of sculptor Michael O’Brien and opened to lines down the block. The show sold out daily and found its way to the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, CNN, and the Chicago Tribune among others. The course went on tour to downstate Illinois before returning to Chicago as a rebranded commercial miniature golf course called ArtGolf.
Artist-designed golf courses are now a popular addition to many Midwest museums such as the Walker Art Center, The Sheldon, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, but Par Excellence is widely believed to be the first.
Par Excellence Redux is curated by Colossal’s founder & editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson.
Photo courtesy: Mikko Lemola