Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10
This conference re-examines Chicago through its histories of design. Chicago design articulates the major national and international themes of the 19th and 20th centuries and exemplifies how geography, demographics, and politics intertwined to shape the emergence of modern design in an urban environment. On Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, join a diverse array of scholars for two full days of engaging talks in the museum’s Nichols Board of Trustees Suite. The full program can be found here.
Lizabeth Cohen delivers the keynote lecture, "Consuming Chicago Design," on Thursday, November 8, at 6:00 p.m. in Fullerton Hall. Registration is required for this lecture.
Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives, Questions and Methods is organized by Jonathan Mekinda, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Bess Williamson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The conference is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago's art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
Additional support is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.