Whether majestic skyscrapers, eye-catching museums, or sprawling residential complexes, buildings emerge from intricate, lengthy processes of design and construction that involve a host of different actors, from architects and engineers to clients and banks to contractors and construction workers. These relationships operate within a global network of knowledge transfer, manufacturing, and labor—people and materials moving around the world, often in uneven and unequal ways.
This exhibition is part of a series for which the Department of Architecture and Design enlists contemporary architects and designers to organize installations that investigate critical issues within their practices. For this installation, the New York–based group Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?), who gives the show its name, has presented research related to migrant workers and the global construction industry. The exhibition is divided into two parts: the first looks broadly at the construction process through a drawing of a fictional transnational project. The second examines the design and construction of specific facade components from buildings in four global cities.
International human rights organizations have been documenting construction worker deaths and unsafe jobsite and housing conditions for years, but there has been little response from the architecture profession. WBYA? hopes to change this by advocating for fair labor practices at construction sites worldwide and by working to reveal the often hidden networks that impact labor and sustainability in building architecture.
An architectural collaborative, WBYA? was founded in 2011 and is comprised of academics, architects, curators, students, and writers. The group has organized and participated in workshops, panels, and exhibitions in Chicago, Istanbul, Montreal, Mumbai, New York, Sharjah, Stockholm, and Venice. WBYA? is Kadambari Baxi, Jordan H. Carver, Laura Diamond Dixit, Tiffany Rattray, Lindsey Wikstrom, and Mabel O. Wilson. Special thanks to Beth Stryker, Gulf Labor; MTWTF: Glen Cummings, Aliza Dzik, Michela Povoleri, and Sarah Dunham; Graph Commons and Burak Arikan; and Columbia University GSAPP and Dean Amale Andraos.
Who Builds Your Architecture? is the second in a two-part series of special commissions generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
11 hours 12 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Go
Speed is both a product of modern life and an agent of it. At the turn of the 20th century, new technologies of mobility and transmission—trains, cars, airplanes, radio, film, television, to name only a few—increased the pace of life, collapsing distances between people and places and assaulting the senses.
Go, the second exhibition in the Art Institute’s Modern Series, explores how artists responded to different ways of experiencing and seeing the world in the accelerated modern age—through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, designed objects, textiles, books, and films.
15 hours 28 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to Winslow Homer. In 1883 the artist moved to a small coastal village in Maine, where he created a series of paintings of the sea unparalleled in American art. The paintings he created after 1882 focused almost exclusively on humankind’s age-old contest with nature.
In The Herring Net, Homer depicted the heroic efforts of fishermen at their daily work. While one fisherman hauls in the netted and glistening herring, the other unloads the catch. Utilizing the teamwork so necessary for survival, both strive to steady the precarious boat as it rides the incoming swells. Homer’s isolation of these two figures underscores the monumentality of their task: the elemental struggle against a sea that both nurtures and deprives.
See five paintings by Winslow Homer in Gallery 171 of American Art—http://bit.ly/2l89rfx
1 day 5 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Put your own creative spin on 30 masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago. Our coloring book is now available online at the Museum Shop.