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Chicago Architecture Biennial collaborates more than 40 citywide partner sites and organizations
United States Architecture News - Jul 8, 2019 - 00:42 2325 views
The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced its new partner sites and collaborations with organizations.The biennial's program will collaborate with more than 40 sites and organizations across the city of Chicago to activate independent programming, in coordination with the Biennial, resulting in a citywide exploration of architecture, space, the environment, history, and community.
The new partner sites will serve both as host venues and produce independent exhibitions that expand on the Biennial’s exploration of the forefront of contemporary architectural and spatial practice and thought.
The Chicago Architecture Biennial is the largest exhibition of contemporary architecture, art and design in North America. The Biennial, which is free and open to the public, will open the central exhibition in the Chicago Cultural Center on September 19, 2019 and run through January 5, 2020.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Image by Peter McCullough. Image © MCA Chicago
The third edition of the biennial will be led by Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu, a contemporary art curator, and co-curators Sepake Angiama, a curator whose work centers on education, and Paulo Tavares, a Brazil-based architect and academic.
Ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Danish Art Foundation and the Graham Foundation to the Chicago Cultural Alliance, these organizations represent many of Chicago’s leading institutions and organizations, each contributing perspectives that draw out unique stories that are particularly relevant to their programming and public and that resonate with the 2019 Biennial, titled ...and other such stories.
The storied Chicago Cultural Center acts as the main venue for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. A former library, the Chicago Cultural Center will again serve as the main exhibition space for the Biennial, featuring projects created by more than 80 participants from more than 20 countries.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, exterior rear view. Image © MCA Chicago
Extending the reach of the Biennial’s own satellite locations at Overton Elementary School, the National Public Housing Museum’s future site at the former Jane Addams Homes, Sweet Water Foundation, Homan Square with the School of the Art Institute, American Indian Center Chicago and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, this edition’s partner sites and their related programming will activate the entire metropolis.
"I’m proud that so many of Chicago’s cultural institutions and organizations are collaborating and engaging together and with people throughout the entire city," said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.
"I’m excited that my first year as Mayor will include this type of cultural alliance that connects memory, history, civil and environmental rights as they relate to architecture while addressing some of the key issues impacting Chicago’s citizens."
The Art Institute of Chicago. Griffin Court. Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago
"The participation of organizations across the city in the Biennial is always critical to our work, and is especially so with this edition, which is deeply focused on the lived experience of people in the spaces they occupy," noted the Biennial’s Executive Director Todd Palmer.
"We are so excited to see the full city coming alive with programming in conversation with one another, engaging publics from across communities and around the world, exploring the significance of architecture today."
Additionally, the Biennial will continue its work with the Community Anchor sites - the six museums and institutions which expand the presence of the Biennial beyond the Loop and into neighborhoods across Chicago. These sites, comprised of the Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, DuSable Museum of African American History, National Museum of Mexican Art and National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, will connect local publics to the questions raised by the core Biennial exhibitions through learning initiatives and programs, and as venues of the Biennial link broad audiences from across Chicago and internationally to the ways in which neighborhoods are addressing urban and environmental challenges through the ongoing arts and cultural exhibitions and programs at these sites.
The Art Institute of Chicago. View of Michigan Avenue Entrance. Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago
In support of the Biennial’s mission to create a forum to present the vanguard of thinking on contemporary architecture both to the field and the broader public in Chicago, the Graham Foundation has named and committed multi-year support to fund the position of Artistic Director for the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Biennial.
The Artistic Director position, which is appointed by the board each year, is held by the Director and Curator of University of Chicago’s Logan Center, Yesomi Umolu for the 2019 edition.
Sarah Herda, one of the inaugural Artistic Directors of the Biennial and the current director of the Graham Foundation, noted, "we are thrilled to support the Artistic Director position, which plays a vital role in each edition to bring thought-leaders from around the world and across the city in a collective conversation on the past, present, and future of architecture."
The Danish Arts Foundation, Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago Park District, Cabbage Patch. Image © MCA Chicago
Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019 Partner Sites
Alliance Française de Chicago
American Indian Center Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Beverly Arts Center
Bridgeport Art Center
Carrie Secrist Gallery
Chicago Architecture Center
Chicago Cultural Alliance
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Public Library
City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development
DePaul Art Museum
DuSable Museum of African American History
Elmhurst Art Museum
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Harris School of Public Policy
Hyde Park Art Center
Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture
Jane Adams Hull House Museum
Logan Center for the Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
National Public Housing Museum
Navy Pier, Inc.
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, McHugh Construction, Odico Formwork Robotics and Chicago Athletic Association
Smart Museum of Art
Sweet Water Foundation
Tender House Project at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
The 606 with the High Line Network
The Danish Arts Foundation, Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago Park District
The Night Gallery
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture
For more information about the biennial, please visit the website.
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