Exhibits and Interpretation

Statue Stories Chicago public launch party with featured guests who helped make some of the statues speak. From left to right: Collette Hiller, Bill Kurtis, Blue Balliett, Geoffrey Baer and Julia Bachrach.  (Julia wrote the monolugue for the Alexander von Humboldt statue and served as Chicago Park District liaison this Driehaus Foundation-funded project), 2016.

Julia Bachrach produces exhibits and interpretive projects that engage and educate diverse audiences. She has curated traditional exhibits in venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, City Gallery in Chicago’s Historic Water Tower, Chicago Architecture Foundation, and numerous Chicago park field houses. For example, Julia Bachrach curated (with Jo Ann Nathan) the first large scale exhibition on renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen, entitled A Force of Nature: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen.

 Julia Bachrach curated a permanent exhibit honoring 5-time Olympian Willye B. White. She worked in collaboration with designers Jell Creative, 2009.

Julia Bachrach curated a permanent exhibit honoring 5-time Olympian Willye B. White. She worked in collaboration with designers Jell Creative, 2009.

Julia conducts research, writing, and interfaces with designers to create interpretive and way-finding signage as well commemorative boulders and plaques.

 This Grant Park plaque commemorates the Central Station railroad terminal and its significance to African Americans who arrived in Chicago during the Great Migration.  (Julia Bachrach managed this project, wrote the commemorative text, and coordinated with Langston Hughes Foundation for permission to publish the poem One Way Ticket.)

This Grant Park plaque commemorates the Central Station railroad terminal and its significance to African Americans who arrived in Chicago during the Great Migration.  (Julia Bachrach managed this project, wrote the commemorative text, and coordinated with Langston Hughes Foundation for permission to publish the poem One Way Ticket.)

 Julia Bachrach created a series of interpretive and way-finding signs for Jackson Park Chicago including this 2-sided Garden of the Phoenix Sign.  (The other side has Japanese text.)

Julia Bachrach created a series of interpretive and way-finding signs for Jackson Park Chicago including this 2-sided Garden of the Phoenix Sign.  (The other side has Japanese text.)

She conducts oral histories, such as a series of interviews of older Chicagoans who attended the city’s second world’s fair. Entitled A Century of Progress, this major event took place at Northerly Island and Burnham Park in 1933-34.

Memories from Sam Guard who attended A Century of Progress.

Julia produces a vast array of history-based digital media projects including web-sites, and audio and smart phone tours. These include an audio tour of Humboldt Park and a web site about Chicago Historic Schools.

To find out how Julia can help your organization or firm produce exhibits or interpretative projects contact her at julia@jbachrach.com or (773) 761-5040.