MISSION OF THE SECRET HISTORIES MUSEUM
The Secret Histories Museum discovers and presents historical evidence in order
to seek understanding of ourselves and our world in between history and the
future. The mission of the museum is to deepen the understanding of past choices;
present circumstances and future possibilities; strengthen the bonds of community;
and facilitate solutions to common problems.
Secret Histories Museum
3636 S Iron St
Chicago Il 60409
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm
[Installation, mixed media]
Archigo started as an urgent message, a broadcast about a "new generation....(which)
must arise", and continued with a rapid succession of publications and
exhibitions in a span of a few years, all of which were characterized by audacious
criticism and provocative synthesis. These works were among the most influential
shock vibrations of the 1960's for architects and planners around the world.
In a decade that ended with riots expressive of social and political disorder,
the group of young Chicago- based architects began and sustained a campaign
of environmental revolution.
The Archigo virus spread to various "Archigo-zones" across the world
and found seeds in London, Amsterdam and Tokyo. Archigram and other noted archiutectural
provocations followed the Archigo.
Recently acquired works, models and objects discovered at the Illinois Institute
of Technology show the influence of Archigo's utopian visions on a generation
of urban planners and designers who resisted the Chicago School of Architecture
and tuned into the radical visions of the New Babylonian movement. The exhibit
shows a sampling of Archigo's remixing of the city of big shoulders from their
first garage show 1 mile west of the IIT campus in the neighborhood of Bridgeport.
Aligned with the Yippies, and the peace Movement, the group fused radical politics
with liberatory architecture. They went beyond function to images of fantasy
based on mechanical invention and pop culture. Personal air balloons and imaginary
lake front landscapes merge into geographic liberation from war and the state