Chicago Makes Modern
IŮigo Manglano-Ovalle's "Le Baiser (The Kiss)," video still, 2000.

A glimpse of our skyline or a stroll on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology is all you need to witness Chicago's role in 20th-century modernism. Yet our city is often overlooked as the hotbed for achievements in modernist architecture, design and education it was--and continues to be.

Refocusing the lens of modernist innovation on Chicago, the University of Chicago Press has partnered with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a new book, Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society ($35).

Editors Mary Jane Jacob and Jacquelynn Baas examine the work of Chicago visionaries like Jane Addams, Mies van der Rohe and László Moholy-Nagy and apply their revolutionary missions to our own time. Combining scholarly, artistic and curatorial research, Jacob and Baas ask the central question: How did the modern mind alter our perspectives and make the world new?

Packed with interviews with contemporary artists like dance legend Anna Halprin and artistic director of 6018North Tricia Van Eck, the photo-flush softcover makes a great gift for design lovers and Chicagoans alike.

And with provocative essays with titles like “Integrating Art and Life,” you just might be inspired to add a few non-health-oriented resolutions to your list.