Chicago, United States
James R. Thompson Center
100 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL, 60601
The Chicago Architecture Biennial is pleased to announce the participation of the James R. Thompson Center as a Cultural Partner and City Site for the fifth edition of the citywide exhibition, CAB 5: This Is A Rehearsal. CAB 5’s artistic team is led by the Chicago-based artist collective, Floating Museum. Hailed as one of Chicago’s postmodern architectural marvels, the Helmut Jahn-designed building will open to the public from September 21, 2023–through the end of the year and will host five exhibitions and site-specific installations made possible by Prime, Capri, and Google.
Helmut Jahn’s massive open atrium of the James R. Thompson Center was intended to be an architectural metaphor for transparency— revealing government in action, the public “improvising” their civic rights and duties in concert with elected officials. Within this context, “The Forum” will be a stage, a screen, an instrument, and a backdrop, creating space that can be transformed through its use as a venue for convening, public programming, and the arts, fostering a sense of community and encouraging social interaction and engagement.
Forum will serve as a prototype to evaluate and acquire new fields of knowledge through the creation and curation of an improvisational platform for exploration, dialogue, and urban activation, in particular, those that illustrate the complexities of contemporary cities.
inference is deeply interested in the physical manifestation of objects; how they’re conceived, designed, and the craft of making. The tectonics of an object are a direct reflection and representation of how they are used and what they can achieve. It is with this understanding that we will “rehearse” new modes of manufacturing, assemblage and organization.