Ângela Ferreira’s exhibition featured on the Chicago Architecture Biennial BlogSeptember 19, 2017
Ângela Ferreira’s exhibition featured on the Chicago Architecture Biennial Blog….
Ângela Ferreira’s exhibition featured on the Chicago Architecture Biennial Blog….
On June 29, 2017, the Terra Foundation for American Art announced 33 new grants for Art Design Chicago projects given to 31 cultural organizations located in Chicago and beyond and totaling approximately $2.5 million. Grant funds will support a diverse range of exhibitions, publications, and academic and public programs exploring difference facets of Chicago’s vibrant creative history and enduring influence on art and design.
Among the organizations, 15 are receiving Terra Foundation support for the first time, including Bradley University’s Art Department, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago Parks Foundation, National Public Housing Museum, South Side Community Art Center, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Video Game Art Gallery, and University of Chicago Center in Paris, among others.
“We are honored and excited by the scholarly quality, depth, and innovative spirit of our partners’ proposals, and the enthusiasm with which so many organizations took on the opportunity to highlight the dynamic, yet lesser-known, narratives of Chicago. We look forward to continuing to support our many partners in the development of Art Design Chicago and to bringing these exciting exhibitions, publications, and events to the public for their enjoyment,” said Elizabeth Glassman, President and CEO of the Terra Foundation.
Organizations receiving June grants include:
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of Mexican Art
National Public Housing Museum
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership
Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago
South Side Community Art Center
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
University of Chicago Arts, Public Art Program
University of Chicago Center in Paris
Video Game Art Gallery
Art Institute of Chicago
Bradley University Art Department
Caxton Club of Chicago
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Chicago Design Museum
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Parks Foundation
Chicago Public Library Foundation
DePaul Art Museum at DePaul University
DuSable Museum of African American History
Graham School, University of Chicago
Illinois Executive Mansion Association
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University
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.”
Congratulations to guest-curator Danny Orendorff and all the artists of “One day this kid will get larger” on receiving an Art Forum Critic’s Pick.
Now that I have settled into my first year as director of DePaul Art Museum, I have a sense of our fundamental purpose:
Through the art of our time, DPAM provides a platform to connect people and advance knowledge in a global society.
But this is just the beginning. Crain’s Chicago Business recently asked if I can make DPAM a “major player” and with your help, the answer is YES!
I invite you to join us as a founding member of DPAM’s Next Generation Leadership Circle. With an annual donation of $500 or more:
First and foremost, I invite you to help me build a program that provides a platform for under-recognized artistic voices. As you can see in our upcoming exhibitions, we are implementing this right away by featuring a wide range of artists from Chicago and beyond.
At this time, more than ever, it is critical that we make visible the wide spectrum of human experience through unique forms of expression. It is urgent that we create a space that promotes visual literacy, critical thinking and the ability to engage with difference in a productive and civil manner, while recognizing artistic excellence.
Next, we are committed to positioning Chicago as a global city in dialogue with internationally recognized artists by weaving Chicago-based artists from all stages of their career into our exhibitions and programs.
We recognize and value how art occupies a sacred space where language often fails and through our programs, we explore how art is connected to all facets of life. As a center for teaching and learning, the museum is a portal to the University’s academic strengths, and for our students, a portal to a global perspective that addresses the complicated and contradictory nature of human experience, past and present.
I invite you to join me as a founding supporter of our new annual giving program, the Next Generation Leadership Circle. With your help and forward-thinking vision, we can build a community that recognizes how art reaffirms our humanity and fosters critical conversations.
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Julie Rodrigues Widholm
Director and Chief Curator