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The State of the Art of Architecture

  • First edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

With the title The State of the Art of Architecture, Chicago will be hosting North America's largest international survey of contemporary architecture, which will launch in October 2015 and run for three months. Over 70 participants from more than 40 different countries will present new architectural projects and installations, which will be exhibited in the historic Chicago Cultural Center, as well as additional sites across the city: Millennium Park, City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, 72 E. Randolph, and the Stony Island Arts Bank, the latest initiative of acclaimed Chicago artist Theaster Gates. With more than 60 program partners, the Biennial will activate a network of institutions and communities throughout Chicago, creating a global platform for a discussion on the future of the field.
For its first edition, Biennial co-artistic directors Joseph Grima (curator, writer and architect based in Genoa and director of the New Museum's IDEAS CITY) and Sarah Herda (director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago) have selected the title The State of the Art of Architecture. The inaugural event takes its title from a 1977 conference organized by Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, which invited leading American designers to Chicago to discuss the current state of the field. The 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial will expand the spirit and scope of this event. It will invite both emerging and established practices from across the world to Chicago to demonstrate how advances in architectural design are tackling the most pressing issues of today.
The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a vision of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a major international architectural event and an outcome of the comprehensive cultural plan developed by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It is made possible through private donations with lead support from BP (Presenting Sponsor) and additional support from SC Johnson (Regional Sponsor); Mansueto Foundation (Sponsor); Thorton Tomasetti (Sponsor); BBC.com (Presenting Media Partner); American Institute of Architects (Signature Partner), City of Chicago – Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (Presenting Partner); Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (Presenting Partner). For more information visit:  http: chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/current