Exhibitions: On All Sides

When visitors walk into the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale next month, they may have trouble believing their eyes. There before them will be a crazily tilting, garishly colored mock-up of Chicago (see color opposite), including a 14-ft.-long Michigan Avenue Bridge crowded with traffic and pedestrians, a view of Michigan Avenue itself with gigantic figures of Playboy's Hugh Hefner and Mayor Richard Daley towering above the skyscrapers. Before visitors are done, they will be expected to stoop, sidle and squirm through and around painted plywood installations representing the Loop's elevated...