CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY ANCHOR SITES FOR 2017

April 11, 2017-

Today the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced an expansion into Chicago’s neighborhoods by adding six museums and institutions that will serve as Community Anchor sites for 2017. They include The Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

During the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this consortium of community sites will provide a variety of events, exhibitions and programs that will encourage visitors to explore different locations throughout the city, as well as experience some of Chicago’s historic museums. The initiative is funded through the generous support of The Chicago Community Trust and confirms the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s commitment to being a city-wide initiative by expanding beyond downtown.

“There is no better place than the City of Chicago to come together, share ideas, and focus on the future of architecture and design,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial will build on the success of the inaugural2015 event and feature Community Anchor sites in neighborhoods across the city. We are proud to share Chicago’s world-class architecture with visitors from across the country and around the world this fall.”

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is free and open to the public from September 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018. More than 100 architects and artists representing countries from around the world were selected to present their work around this year’s theme, “Make New History.” The opening of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial will align with the sixth annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, which will run September 13-17 at Navy Pier.

The Community Anchor sites were selected to display additional exhibitions that will complement the programming presented at the Chicago Cultural Center, the main hub of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Each site will have its own unique programming, ranging from installations to historic tours and more. Several institutions, including DuSable Museum of African American History and Hyde Park Art Center, are tapping local artists like esteemed photographer Lee Bey and Chicago Architecture Biennial alumna Amanda Williams to create projects. The Beverly Arts Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture will examine the heritage of their building sites and how they relate to the architecture, design and histories of nearby neighborhoods and cultures. DePaul Art Museum is bringing in an international artist to create an immersive installation that considers modernist architecture from a post-colonial African perspective.

This year, The Chicago Community Trust is providing a $200,000 grant for the Community Anchor sites to support the development and curation of the special programs and exhibitions that will be on display for the duration of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

“Each neighborhood in Chicago has rich history and a strong passion for the arts,” said Terry Mazany, President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. “The Chicago Community Trust is providing this grant to the Community Anchor sites to help create excellent architecture-related  programming throughout the Chicago Architecture Biennial.”

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a privately funded organization and has drawn support from major civic and business leaders. “The Chicago Architecture Biennial is an international exposition that reinforces the city as a premier place for the practice of architecture and design as well as intellectual conversation about the field,” said Chicago Architecture Biennial Board Chairman, Jack Guthman. “This is an exposition for both Chicagoans and visitors to heIp them experience the city’s rich cultural legacy and the neighborhoods, museums and institutions that make Chicago what it is today.”

In addition to the exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and programming at the six Community Anchor sites, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will have a variety of other exhibitions, events and programs- downtown and dispersed throughout the city and surrounding region. The full list of program partner institutions wi II be announced later this spring.

 

DePaul Art Museum

In the heart of the Lincoln Park Campus of DePaul University, DePaul Art Museum Director Julie Rodrigues Widhalm will organize the first U.S. solo exhibition of work by Mozambican-Portuguese artist Angela Ferreira. Ferreira’s research-based investigations tap into the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial theme “Make New History,” and her work mines the complex historical relations that link African indigenous culture, slavery and European modernism. Ferreira makes historical ideas tangible through documentary photographs, architectural drawings and a structure that will become a platform for performances and community gatherings. In this exhibition, Ferreira will bring together two unrealized projects: Mies van der Rohe’s 1913 commission for a private museum/house in Holland, and Mozambican architect Pancho Guedes’s Circus School in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Mies van der Rohe’s modernism is synonymous with Chicago architecture. Angela Ferreira’s work offers a unique perspective on this familiar subject, while connecting Chicago to a global conversation around the history and politics of architectural forms and materials,” said Wid holm. “Ferreira’s work as an artist allows us to consider the complicated relationship between art, architecture and social concerns in order to write new histories.”