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Inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Horizontal City—an exhibition of miniature rooms included as part of the larger Biennial Exhibition—this panel discussion brings together Biennial participants with curators for a conversation on “the interior” as represented in an exhibition context. The panel will draw connections between the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne miniature rooms and the Biennial’s reconsideration of these miniatures–a historical exhibition format adapted to address issues of contemporary architecture. Together, panelists will discuss how these imagined interior spaces engage social questions of domesticity, privacy and civics.  

Moderated by the Biennial's associate curator Sarah Hearne, this public conversation will bring Biennial participants Thomas Kelley (Norman Kelley, Chicago/New York), Wonne Icxk (PRODUCTORA, Mexico City), and Anna Neimark (First Office, Los Angeles) in dialogue with Lindsay Mican Morgan, curator of the Art Institute of Chicago's Thorne Miniature Rooms, which were a source of inspiration in thinking about the interior spaces configured in Horizontal City.

This program is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.