Gray’s Department Store Catalogue


The Department of Curiosities is proud to unveil the accompanying catalogue to Gray’s Department Store, a Show & Shop of the League of Women Designers. Designed by Dani Soukup, it offers a preview of the curiosities will be on display throughout the run of show.

The shop-able installation, curated by Eve Fineman, will be open from December 4th-20th, Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7 pm, Sundays 12-5 pm.  Department of Curiosities is located at 3013 W. Armitage Avenue in Chicago.

Gray’s Department Store: A Show & Shop of the League of Women Designers

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The Department of Curiosities presents a shop-able installation by members of the League of Women Designers (LWD). Curated by Eve Fineman, the show draws on the golden age of department stores with sections for housewares, lighting, furniture, clothing, jewelry, handbags and lingerie.

The show’s name references Eileen Gray, a touchstone for the LWD group. Gray was a pioneer of modernist design; an architect and designer of furniture, textiles and interiors. Her influential works in the 1920s and 30s were largely overlooked in her time and the importance of her legacy remains unrecognized to this day. One of her most innovative works, the Villa E-1027 house, for instance, was first attributed to her lover, Jean Badovice, and was later defaced by the most famous architect of her day, Le Corbusier.

Gray’s point of view is particularly relevant to the show’s philosophy. She believed in the “dwelling as a living organism”, a holistic approach to design that put the experience of living at the center. “It is not a matter of simply constructing beautiful ensembles of lines, but above all, dwellings for people”. She brought a much needed sensuality and beauty to the modernist movement that feels fresh to this day.

Gray’s Department Store is open from December 4th-20th. Hours are Tuesday- Saturday 12-7 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm.

Theory & Practice

Sandra Yau l “(In)tangible Connections,” 2013 l  Photo by Jay Seawell
Sandra Yau l “(In)tangible Connections,” 2013 l Photo by Jay Seawell

The Department Of Curiosities cordially invites you to “Theory & Practice”, an installation of avant garde fashion and fiber manipulation featuring the work of Kraig Pieper, Sandra Yau, Jiayin Rachel and Annemarie Strassel.

A cocktail reception will be held on Friday, June 26th from 6:30-9 pm. The work will also be on view: Saturday, June 27th & Sunday, June 28th from 12 pm- 10 pm.

Department of Curiosities’ in-house lines Morua Corsetry & Couture & Production Mode will also be on display.

Please join us in celebrating a curious mix of the new, the old, the experimental, and the world of the decorative arts.

This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Logan Square Arts Festival.