Rebecca Wolfram’s disturbing paintings—the subject of my column last week—are all about insidious institutional evils. Maybe she should count among them the occasionally fatal attraction of the building where those paintings are now on display.

The James R. Thompson Center, which houses the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, was shut down during a reception for an exhibit that includes Wolfram’s art last Friday, after a woman plunged to her death from the 15th floor of the building’s spectacular atrium.

According to Illinois State Police, it was the fifth suicide since the building opened in 1985.