ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Museum of Contemporary Photography - March 26th 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This annual exhibition, now in its fourteenth year, features works made by teens who participate in Picture Me, an afterschool photography program sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) at three Chicago high schools: Curie Metropolitan High School, Juarez Community Academy, and Nicholas Senn High School. Co-taught by teams of working artists, this program, which serves approximately 90 students each year, cultivates teens as independent artists who gain a strong technical foundation as they work toward developing their own artistic vision and style through independent projects. Examining and discussing the work of professional artists is integral to the program and the curriculum is further enhanced by field trips to the MoCP and other cultural venues and contact with visiting artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The <em>Talking Back: Chicago Youth Respond</em> exhibition runs March 25 - 28th at MoCP.</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:47:08 +0000 - Chicago Cultural Center - March 28th 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Flamingo Eventz is proud to announce the debut of its new show, The International Vintage Poster &amp; Print Fair, taking place the weekend of March 28, 2015 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Under new leadership by Flamingo Eventz, the Fair (which first launched 20 years ago), will now include vintage prints and photographs in its exhibition, which it never did before. The expanded show will showcase thousands of posters dated from the 1890&rsquo;s to the 1980&rsquo;s, prints in a variety of styles (including popular Art Deco and classic Art Nouveau), and photographs of all genres including food and travel. Whether a seasoned collector or new enthusiast, the International Vintage Poster &amp; Print Fair offers something for everyone.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:27:43 +0000 Keren Cytter - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - March 28th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <div class="thecontent"> <div class="columns"> <div class="column firstcolumn"> <p style="text-align: justify;">New York&ndash;based multidisciplinary artist Keren Cytter (Israeli, b. 1977) plays with the conventions of narrative cinema to reveal or upend their unwritten rules. Her pared-down style of filmmaking utilizes the barest of resources; she often films in her own apartment and incorporates intentionally kitschy, lo-fi effects. These canny, low-budget videos create the atmosphere of film noir, horror movies, or soap operas and revel in their familiar storylines&mdash;the twists and turns of love, sex, jealousy, murder, and revenge. And yet, even as Cytter&rsquo;s characters enact intense moments, the actors are often emotionally detached from the drama or are even playing multiple roles; actions repeat themselves and seem out of sequence. As Cytter moves between multiple languages, plotlines, and genres within a single work, she fosters anticipation and disbelief, perhaps playing to viewer&rsquo;s critical instincts and appreciation of life&rsquo;s absurdities in equal measure.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Featuring eight videos from the past decade,<em> Keren Cytter</em> is the first large-scale presentation of the artist&rsquo;s work in the United States. The MCA&rsquo;s exhibition also includes a new series of drawings and live performance works from the artist.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is organized by the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark. The Chicago presentation is accompanied by a new anthology of all of Cytter&rsquo;s film treatments&mdash;judged, by invitation of the artist, as &ldquo;the best&rdquo; or &ldquo;the worst&rdquo; by Jacob Fabricius, exhibition curator and Director of the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, and Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator Naomi Beckwith, who is coordinating the exhibition at the MCA.</p> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:30:11 +0000 Keren Cytter - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - March 28th 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Keren Cytter discusses the works in her current exhibition with Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator Naomi Beckwith.</p> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:31:40 +0000 - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - March 28th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Choreographer Carrie Hanson&rsquo;s multidisciplinary dance theater project, <em class="first_child">Power Goes</em> (at MCA Stage, Mar 20&ndash;29), investigates the figure of&nbsp;Lyndon Baines Johnson as inspiration and metaphor for a bold inquiry into the relationship between power and social change. In LBJ&rsquo;s time as president, many talked of &ldquo;putting bodies on the line&rdquo; as struggles over civil rights, Vietnam, and other issues raged. In search of understanding the continued relevance of those experiences now&mdash;and how dance offers a unique path to exploring them&mdash;Hanson invites audiences to join her, collaborator&nbsp;Stuart Flack (playwright),&nbsp;Mark K. Updegrove (Director of the LBJ Presidential Library and author of <em>Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency</em>), Michael C. Dawson<strong>&nbsp;</strong>(John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago; founding director of the University&rsquo;s Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture;&nbsp;and author of&nbsp;<em>Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies</em>), and S. Elise Archias (Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and author of the upcoming book&nbsp;<em class="last_child">The Concrete Body &ndash; Rainer, Schneemann, Acconci</em>)&nbsp;for a vigorous discussion of power&rsquo;s role in making&mdash;or blocking&mdash;progress toward making the world a better place. Moderated by Michael J. Kramer, historian on the faculty of Northwestern University, editor at the MCA, and dramaturg for The Seldoms.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">About the Speakers</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since founding the Seldoms in 2001, dance artist and educator <strong class="first_child">Carrie Hanson</strong> has created over 25 works for the company and designed multidisciplinary projects with artists working in visual arts, music/sound design, fashion design, and architecture. Under Hanson&rsquo;s direction, The Seldoms have gained a reputation for bold, innovative performances in unusual spaces such as cargo containers and truck depots. <em>Time Out Chicago</em> called their work in a drained Olympic-sized outdoor pool,&nbsp;<em>Giant Fix</em>, one of the best dance moments of the past decade.&nbsp;<em class="last_child">Marchland</em>, their collaboration with visual artist Fraser Taylor, received its world premiere at MCA Stage in 2010. More recently, Hanson&rsquo;s creative work has involved research and embodiment of social, political, environmental issues, and history as a mode of pressing dance and performance to speak to larger public issues. Hanson&rsquo;s work has received a National Performance Network Creation Fund and NEFA National Dance Project Production Award, and she is the recipient of a Chicago Dancemaker&rsquo;s Forum Lab Artists award, two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships and a Ruth Page Award for performance. She was named one of Dance Magazine&rsquo;s &ldquo;25 to Watch&rdquo; in 2012.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The plays of <strong class="first_child">Stuart Flack</strong> have been produced at leading theaters in the US, including Southcoast Rep (Costa Mesa, CA), Culture Project (New York), Interact (Philadelphia), Victory Gardens (Chicago), and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival (Washington, DC). His plays include <em>Sydney Bechet Killed a Man</em>, <em>Jonathan Wild</em>, <em>Homeland Security</em>, <em>For Eddie</em>, and <em>Floaters</em>. He is currently creating a new play based on <em>Black Like Me</em>, which will premiere as part of Steppenwolf Theatre&rsquo;s 2015 season. He is the former executive director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the largest festival of arts arts and ideas in the US and the former editor and publisher of the <em class="last_child">McKinsey Quarterly</em>, a journal of business, economics, and policy. He is also a guitarist with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child">Mark K. Updegrove&nbsp;</strong>is the director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, where, in April 2014, he hosted the Civil Rights Summit which included addresses by President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. He has conducted exclusive interviews with five US Presidents and is the author of <em>Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency</em> (2012), <em>Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis</em> (2009), and <em>Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House</em> (2006). His latest book <em class="last_child">Destiny of Democracy: The Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library</em> will be published February 2015. Currently, Updegrove is working on an authorized book on the relationship between Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child">Michael C. Dawson&nbsp;</strong>is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago, where he is also the&nbsp;founding director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.&nbsp;His books <em>Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics</em> (1994) and <em>Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies</em> (2001) won multiple awards, including <em class="last_child">Black Visions</em> winning the prestigious Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association. Dawson has also published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces. He&nbsp;is currently finishing an edited volume, &ldquo;Fragmented Rainbow,&rdquo; on race and civil society in the United States as well as a solo volume, &ldquo;Black Politics in the Early 21st Century.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child">S. Elise Archias</strong>&nbsp;is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Her upcoming book&nbsp;<em class="last_child">The Concrete Body &ndash; Rainer, Schneemann, Acconci&nbsp;</em>explores the work of three performance artists from the 1960s who embraced and challenged everyday life in late modernity using bodies as an artistic material. Her research and classes center around modernism, performance art, and contemporary art and ask questions about how abstract ideas come together with the physical world in meaningful ways in 20th&nbsp;and 21st&nbsp;century art and life.</p> <p class="last_child" style="text-align: justify;"><strong class="first_child">Michael J. Kramer</strong>&nbsp;holds a visiting assistant professorship at Northwestern University, where he teaches history, American studies, digital humanities, and civic engagement. His book&nbsp;<em class="last_child">The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture&nbsp;</em>was published by Oxford University Press in 2013, and he has written about history, art, culture, and politics for numerous publications. He works as an editor in the Design, Publishing, and New Media Department at the MCA&nbsp;itself. He is also involved with the Chicago Dance History Project, an oral history and archival digital documentation of dance in the Chicago region, and he is the dramaturg for The Seldoms Contemporary Dance Company.</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:57:51 +0000 Group Show - Shane Campbell Gallery - March 28th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:21:01 +0000 - Chicago Cultural Center - March 29th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p>Flamingo Eventz is proud to announce the debut of its new show, The International Vintage Poster &amp; Print Fair, taking place the weekend of March 28, 2015 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Under new leadership by Flamingo Eventz, the Fair (which first launched 20 years ago), will now include vintage prints and photographs in its exhibition, which it never did before. The expanded show will showcase thousands of posters dated from the 1890&rsquo;s to the 1980&rsquo;s, prints in a variety of styles (including popular Art Deco and classic Art Nouveau), and photographs of all genres including food and travel. Whether a seasoned collector or new enthusiast, the International Vintage Poster &amp; Print Fair offers something for everyone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:23:34 +0000 Larry Snider - Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art - April 1st 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Chicago-based photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Larry Snider</a>&nbsp;has travelled to regions across Asia, including Ladakh, part of the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir, immersing himself in the landscape and culture and photographing individuals from diverse communities. In conversation with &ldquo;Collecting Paradise&rdquo; curator Robert Linrothe, Snider will share his work and observations of the region, with Linrothe reflecting on the ways in which Ladakh&rsquo;s environment and religious heritage connect to the present.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Supported by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian Studies Graduate Cluster at Northwestern University.</em></p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:00:35 +0000 Fraser Taylor - Threewalls - April 3rd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Returning to Chicago after a year-long sabbatical and residency in Scotland, Fraser Taylor will present two bodies of work in <em>Orchid/Dirge</em>: a site-specific realization of his sculptural installation <em>Black Flowers</em> (2009-2011) and an installation of new work, <em>Scalloway</em>, developed during his residency at Wasps Studios.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Taylor&rsquo;s work cuts across disciplines, with a history in textile and fashion design, as well as painting, sculpture and set-design. His new exhibition at Threewalls reveals these intersecting sensibilities, embarking on an installation of his sculpture series, <em>Black Flowers </em>alongside the new printed work, <em>Scalloway.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stretching throughout the main gallery, what Fraser describes as &ldquo;three-dimensional drawings,&rdquo; create a constellation of freestanding sculptures, positioned in close but varying proximity to one another. Using wood, plaster, wire, yarn, and coating them in black to unite the materials, Taylor makes manifest his infatuation with loss and the prevalence of accelerated life processes in modern society.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Taken as individual items or collectively, the sculptures are precarious and vulnerable, with some standing erect and others seemingly caught in various stages of entropy. These works collectively create a garden or landscape that demonstrate a fragile and sublime engagement with uncertainty.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the project room, Taylor&rsquo;s work <em>Scalloway </em>was developed out of his recent residency at Wasps Studios, a residency located in three dramatically different geographies in Shetland, Fife and Glasgow &ndash; each with contrasting social contexts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The work he produced during this year was rooted in drawing. In preference to brush or pen Taylor tended to draw with twigs of various sizes dipped into black ink. The resultant blunting of facility produced an inconsistent, fractured or broken line. Such unpredictability of effect has been central to Fraser&rsquo;s aesthetic. The images forged through his open-ended practice of experiment and improvisation draw equally on observation, memory and association. Landscape and body act as metaphors, their meanings located somewhere in the interstices between figuration and abstraction.* On his return to Chicago Taylor used these drawings to motivate a new body of silkscreened cloths. This work embraces a reappearance of color, a conflict to <em>Black Flowers</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Scottish by birth, Fraser Taylor&rsquo;s art and design work has been exhibited throughout the United States and United Kingdom, as well Australia and Japan. He was included in <em>80s Fashion from Club to Catwalk </em>at The Victoria and Albert Museum (2013); worked in collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell on the production design for <em>Interface</em>, presented at the Baryshnikov Art Center, New York and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2012-13); and has two upcoming solo shows: <em>Shadowed Valley </em>at Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Arts, Shetland, Scotland and <em>Bodies of Work </em>at The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (2015). His work has been included in multiple publications on fashion, design and textiles including <em>Street Style, British Design in the 80s</em> by Catherine McDermott and <em>1980s Fashion Prints</em> by Marnie Fogg. Taylor&rsquo;s work is numerous private, institutional and corporate collections. Since 2001 Taylor has taught in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Throughout the 1980s Taylor was a principal in The Cloth, an interdisciplinary design studio that designed textiles for clients in the fashion industry, including Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laurent and Bill Blass, as well as producing their own ready-to-wear collection sold in Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Fred Segal, Isetan, Seibu, Browns, Harrods and Liberty of London.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">**&rdquo;The Between Space&rdquo; by Dr. Ian Massey, for Taylor&rsquo;s exhibition at The Briggait Project Space, Glasgow, January 2014, titled &ldquo;Figure/Ground.</p> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:07:15 +0000 Group Show - Vertical Gallery - April 3rd 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: left;">Vertical Gallery is proud to present presents <strong><em>2 for 2</em></strong>, a group show celebrating our two year anniversary featuring an incredible line-up of artists from around the world each contributing two original works. The exhibition is April 3 - 26, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, 6-10pm.</p> <p><em>2 for 2</em> features new work from: Blek Le Rat (FR), Martin Whatson (NO), Inkie (GB), Chad Hasegawa (US), Presto (BR), Copyright (GB), Tiptoe (US), Olav Mathisen (NO), Mr. Prvrt (US), Tank Petrol (PL), ETNIK (IT), M-City (PL), Static (GB), Bachor (US) and HERA (Herakut) (DE).</p> <p>We are very grateful for all the support we have received from everyone in our neighborhood; art collectors in Chicago and around the world; and the immensely talented artists we have had the privilege to work with over the past two years. We have a very exciting year of shows and wall mural projects planned throughout the city, and are thrilled to start our third year with this amazing line-up for our two year anniversary.</p> <p><em>2 for 2</em> &ndash; Two Year Anniversary Group Show<br />April 3 - 26, 2015<br />Opening reception Friday, April 3, 6-10pm.<br />Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622</p> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:52:59 +0000 - The Art Institute of Chicago - April 5th 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Both in the East and in the West, religious images and texts were made readily accessible and understandable to wider audiences through the medium of print. In East Asia, religious instruction grew hand in hand with printing from the eighth century on; illustrated Buddhist sutra texts still survive from these early days. In Europe, it was not until the 1450s that the first book was printed in metal movable type, but notably that book was the Gutenberg Bible. This exhibition, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the departments of Prints and Drawings and Asian Art, brings together works from both collections to explore the rich printed traditions<br />that were fostered by devotional practices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Beyond the Gutenberg Bible, printing revolutionized Western religious customs, with broadsides and pamphlets flourishing by the thousands. Even illiterate audiences understood didactic images, and woodblocks were printed cheaply alongside reusable metal type. Collectible prints of haloed patron saints could be acquired at pilgrimage sites and devoutly touched to the saint&rsquo;s remains, or assembled into wall decorations structured like altarpieces. Prints even allowed the armchair reader a sense of being physically present in far-off places mentioned in the Bible as exemplified in the exhibition by a panoramic woodcut of Jerusalem that served as the culminating illustration of a 1486 book about pilgrimage to the Holy Land.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In Japan, prints were used in a parallel fashion to spread Buddhist teachings. Among the works featured in the exhibition are one of a million small eighth-century wood pagodas containing a printed prayer for peace, a set of large-scale woodblock-printed and hand-painted images of deities for use in temple ceremonies, and examples of charms acquired by pilgrims at various temple sites. The latter exemplifies how Christianity and Buddhism brought about similar social practices, despite their many differences in thought.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fittingly this coming-together of Eastern and Western prints is presented in the Clarence Buckingham Gallery for Japanese Prints. One of the museum&rsquo;s earliest and most important donors, Buckingham collected both Old Master and Japanese prints, and examples of each are on display in this unique presentation.</p> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:51:44 +0000 - Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art - April 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The collection of Walter Koelz, an American zoologist who undertook collecting expeditions in the Western Himalayas during the 1930s, has contributed significantly to our understanding of Himalayan art. In a gallery talk focused on &ldquo;Collecting Culture,&rdquo; which includes many objects from Koelz&rsquo; collection, <a href="" target="_blank">Carla Sinopoli</a>, University of Michigan anthropology faculty member and curator of Asian archaeology at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, will address Koelz&rsquo; collecting practices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Supported by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian Studies Graduate Cluster at Northwestern University.</em></p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:02:00 +0000 Group Show - Museum of Contemporary Photography - April 9th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity</em> seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. &nbsp;The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. <em>&nbsp;Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity</em> features work from emerging and renowned photographers and filmmakers from the US, Europe and Africa, including Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Rose Callahan, Russell K. Frederick, Allison Janae Hamilton, Akintola Hanif, Jati Lindsay, Terence Nance, Numa Perrier, Radcliffe Roye, Sara Shamsavari and Daniele Tamagni. <em>Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity</em> is guest curated by US-based independent curator Shantrelle P. Lewis.</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:48:17 +0000 Group Show - Museum of Contemporary Photography - April 10th 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Participants will include Shantrelle P. Lewis,&nbsp;exhibition curator; Monica Miller, scholar and author of "Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity"; Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; author Nichelle Gainer; photographer Arteh Odjidja; art historian Amy Mooney and exhibiting artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">2:00-2:30p &nbsp;Introduction with Monica Miller, author of&nbsp;<em style="font-size: 11pt;">Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic</em>&nbsp;<em style="font-size: 11pt;">Identity</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> 2:30-3:30p &nbsp;Panel Discussion -&nbsp;<em>The Black Dandy: Cultural and Historic Context</em>&nbsp;with Nichelle Gainer, Naomi Beckwith, Arteh Odjidja, and Amy Mooney</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> 3:30-4:00p &nbsp;Coffee break and screening &nbsp;of&nbsp;<em>This is Not a Suit</em>&nbsp;(2010, 7 minutes) by Adrien Sauvage</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> 4:00-5:00p Curator and artist conversation with exhibiting artists Radcliffe Royce, Rose Callahan, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Sara Shamsavari, and Ignacio Quiles</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">5:00-6:00p Wine and cheese reception and exhibition viewing with exhibiting artists</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:50:19 +0000 - Renaissance Society - April 11th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Terry R. Myers, Professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and contributor to Varda Caivano&rsquo;s forthcoming exhibition catalogue, discusses the exhibition.</p> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:09:20 +0000 - The Art Institute of Chicago - April 11th 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Looking at an emerging generation of architects, this exhibition is devoted to five contemporary architects&mdash;Bureau Spectacular, Erin Besler, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Formlessfinder, and John Szot Studio&mdash;and the diverse methods and approaches that are driving their work. Influenced by new ways of communicating and exchanging information, such as through social media, it explores their efforts to examine and expand the meanings of contemporary architecture. <em>Chatter: Architecture Talks Back</em>, whose title refers to the types of disjointed and fragmented conversation, looks at how contemporary modes of communication, like texting and Twitter, have influenced the way in which ideas are constructed and communicated in the development, production, and presentation of architecture.<br /><br />Exploring the evolution of architecture, this exhibition illuminates a generation developing work in conversation with historical projects and theories yet working with contemporary technologies. Using a range of representational methods and formats&mdash;from hand to robot-enabled drawings, graphic novels to digital simulations&mdash;to explore ideas, these practitioners embrace contemporary technologies while they engage with history. In the work of Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular, architectural history is necessary to develop a &ldquo;mash-up&rdquo; of ideas as a way to open up and re-theorize architecture for a new generation. The process and mission of Formlessfinder is dependent the fetishization of form, undertaken by previous generations of architects. Fake Industries relies on copies to re-present work through a critical lens. Erin Besler questions the immediate acceptance of new technologies and explores issues of drawing and translation in architecture. John Szot Studio produces digital videos that simulate possibilities for architecture to draw influence from overlooked social contexts. Grounded with historical works of architecture from the collection of the Art Institute&rsquo;s Architecture and Design department, <em>Chatter: Architecture Talks Back</em> reveals how these practitioners utilize a confluence of influences in the production and communication of their work as a way to talk back to history, while conceiving of designs that are their own unique conversation-starters.<br /><br /><strong>Sponsors</strong><br /><em>Chatter: Architecture Talks Back</em> was made possible by the generous support of the Butler-VanderLinden Family Fund for Architecture and Design, the Architecture &amp; Design Society, and the Celia and David Hilliard Fund.</p> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:19:31 +0000