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As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History


As Seen Exhibtions That Made Architecture And Design History

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2017

Purchase from the Art Institute Museum Shop. Available to booksellers from Yale University Press.

Exhibitions have long played a crucial role in defining disciplinary histories. This fascinating volume examines the impact of eleven groundbreaking architecture and design exhibitions held between 1956 and 2006, revealing how they have shaped contemporary understanding and practice of these fields.

Featuring written and photographic descriptions of the shows and illuminating essays from noted curators, scholars, critics, designers, and theorists, As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History explores the multifaceted ways in which exhibitions have reflected on contemporary dilemmas and opened up new processes and ways of working. Providing a fresh perspective on some of the most important exhibitions of the 20th century from America, Europe, and Japan, including This Is Tomorrow, Expo ’70, and Massive Change, this book offers a new framework for thinking about how exhibitions can function as a transformative force in the field of architecture and design.

Edited by Zoë Ryan

With contributions by Paola Antonelli, Jan Boelen, Meredith Carruthers, Alison J. Clarke, Penelope Dean, Alison Fisher, Lindsay Garbutt, Karen Kice, Prem Krishnamurthy, Sylvia Lavin, Debbie Millman, Jonathan Olivares, Alice Rawsthorn, Zoë Ryan, and Mirko Zardini

144 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.
128 color and 96 b/w ills.

Softcover $35.00 ($31.50 members)
ISBN: 978-0-300-22862-5


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