The exhibition Arakawa and Madeline Gins: Eternal Gradient traces the emergence of architecture as a wellspring of creativity and theoretical exploration for the artist Arakawa (1936-2010) and poet and philosopher Madeline Gins (1941-2014). Norman Kelley was commissioned to provide exhibition design services to the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The exhibition consists of black painted steel tube and mesh vitrines that support framed artworks and sculptures to provide measured views of the gallery’s existing walls. The main feature of the design consists of an anamorphic vinyl graphic installed on the gallery’s floor and positioned below one of the steel vitrines. From a specific vantage point, an observer can view a reconstructed image of one of Arakawa’s drawings (not featured in the exhibition due to legal restrictions). 



Exhibition Design


March 30, 2018 - June 16, 2018 (New York)

February 7, 2019 - May 4, 2019 (Chicago)


Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, 515 W 116th St, New York, New York, USA

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, 4 W Burton Pl, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Irene Sunwoo

Project Team

Carrie Norman, Thomas Kelley, Betsy Clifton, Isabelle Reford


James Ewing (New York)
Nathan Keay (Chicago)