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Materials Decoded: Amanda Williams & Illinois Institute of Technology Students
September 10–January 7, 2018
Visual artist and trained architect Amanda Williams and former IIT students create work addressing the social, cultural and economic value of the materials commonly and uncommonly use to create buildings. They will conduct their materials lab from the Art Center’s Reva and David Logan Studio and feature selected developments made in the class in Gallery 5. The architectural objects in the exhibition will evolve and rotate as the research into materials digs deeper throughout the run of the show.
Studio 2 will host the architects-in residence and will be open to the public to witness the process of developing new ideas in repurposing materials. Here, the students will research materials and explore alternative uses for brick remnants as well as create viable materials to replace or repair brick. As a result, the show will have a pedagogical component that presents architecture, and even existing buildings and materials, as an evolving field and arena of thought. This exhibition will run the duration of the Architecture Biennial and provide a South Side platform to highlight emerging practices in art, architecture and design.
Edward Hines National Forest by Sara Black and Raewyn Martyn
November 12 – February 11, 2018
Chicago-based artist, Sara Black and New Zealand-based artist, Raewyn Martyn construct a new large-scale immersive installation in response to architecture’s relationship with the far-reaching lumber industry that grew out of the south branch of the Chicago River. The exhibition reconsiders the history of building materials, from plant to structure, to produce hybrid forms with byproduct materials that prompt a mindful understanding of the relationship between humans, architecture, and the environment for the current century.