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Symposium: Taking Positions—Architecture and Design Exhibitions

September 15, 2017
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission; registration required

This event is SOLD OUT, a standby line will start at 8:30am for tickets that become available.

On the occasion of the opening of the new permanent galleries for Architecture and Design and the launch of the publication As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History, this mini-symposium brings together curators, critics, and thinkers to examine the legacy of past architecture and design exhibitions. Led by the Art Institute’s Zoë Ryan and Alison Fisher, the panels will consider how such shows have affected public and field-based discourse, impacted scholarship and teaching, and shaped the professions over time through their remembrance and redeployment in new work.


8:30am – Michigan Avenue doors open; coffee service by the Grand Staircase
9:00am – Fullerton Hall doors open
9:30am - Program begins, Zoë Ryan introduces program and speakers
9:45am - Panel 1 • Archives/Research/Display: New Ideas About Old Things
Moderator: Alison Fisher, Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator of Architecture and Design
Speakers: Sylvia Lavin, Professor and Director of the Critical Studies Program in
the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA
Mirko Zardini, Director at Canadian Centre for Architecture
Claire Zimmerman, Associate Professor of History of Art and the
Coordinator of Doctoral Studies in Architecture at Taubman College of the University of Michigan
10:45am – Break
11:00amPanel 2 • Ways of Exhibition Making: Contemporary Thinking and Practice
Moderator: Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design
Speakers: Andrew Blauvelt, Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum
Mark Lee, Founding partner at Johnston Marklee, Co-Artistic Director
with Sharon Johnston of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial
Philip Ursprung, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and
Dean of the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich
12:00pmRespondents and Q&A:
Meredith Carruthers, Co-founder of the independent artist / curator initiative Leisure Projects
Penelope Dean, Associate Professor of architecture at the Universityof Illinois at Chicago
Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

12:30pm - Program concludes

Presented with the Architecture & Design Society and the Chicago Architecture Biennial