About Balloon

www.ballooncontemporary.com

Balloon, founded by Michael Graham in 2009, is conceived as a flexible platform where multiple activities take place, with an expanded focus on work that crosses traditional boundaries and advances cultural dialogue. Recent and upcoming projects include the first public staging, in partnership with Philadelphia’s Slought Foundation, of The Richard Harris Collection, a major private collection focusing on representations of death and finality, in 2010; an exhibition of the video work of Brooklyn based Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation juxtaposed with the avant-garde design of Martino Gamper, with support from the Aperture Foundation; the production of two furniture collections by the British critical designer, Karen Ryan, that question the boundaries of design and narrative; an upcoming architectural intervention in partnership with the National Historic Trust for Preservation with support from the Graham Foundation by the Argentine artist, Osvaldo Romberg, that will symbolically connect the Melnikov House in Moscow to Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois; A collaboration between the Scottish painter, Fraser Taylor, and former Merce Cunningham dancer, Rashaun Mitchell produced by the Baryshnikov Foundation which will preview in Chicago this July at the British Consular Residence; The Collectors' Exchange, in conjunction with SAIC, a radically open platform for conversation about contemporary art and design, which will debut as part of the opening edition of EXPO Chicago Art Fair 2012 on Navy Pier in September.