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Alison Fisher

Harold and Margot Schiff Curator of Architecture and Design Alison Fisher.

Alison Fisher is the Harold and Margot Schiff Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. She specializes in alternative histories of modern architecture, design, and urbanism and has curated many exhibitions in these areas, including Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention (2011), The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 (2014), Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living (2018), Bauhaus Chicago: Design in the City (2019), and Dan Friedman: Stay Radical (2023).

Alison received her MA and PhD from Northwestern University, and her work has been recognized with grants and awards from the Embassy of France in the United States, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Her current work includes a long-term project on the Chicago Institute of Design, research on graphic and furniture design from the 1990s, and a multimedia retrospective on American architect Bruce Goff, opening at the Art Institute in 2025.

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