Recent Opportunities

  • CASVA A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2018-2020

    Washington | Dates: 31 Aug – 15 Oct, 2017

    During the first year, in addition to research and writing for publication, the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will design and direct an intensive week-long seminar for the predoctoral fellows at the Center, focusing on a topic related to the applicant's field of interest and with a special emphasis on methodological issues. In the second academic year, while continuing research and writing in residence, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to teach one course (advanced undergraduate or graduate) by arrangement at a neighboring university, and direct a week-long seminar for the predoctoral fellows. One award will be made.

    Applications will be considered for research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any time period or culture. For appointment to the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2018-2020, the Center encourages applications in the fields of the visual arts and culture of African Americans, Africa, and the African daspora. Applicants for 2018-2020 must have received the PhD degree between October 1, 2012, and October 1, 2017. Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2017.

    Senior, visiting senior, and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded without regard to the age or nationality of applicants. Applications are reviewed by an external selection committee coposed of scholars in the history of art and related disciplines. Outside readers may assist in the evaluation of proposals.

  • CASVA Senior and Visiting Senior Fellowship Program, 2018-2019

    Washington | Dates: 31 Aug – 21 Sep, 2017

    Applications will be considered for research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographical area and of any period. Senior and visiting senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment. One Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Samuel H. Kress, and William C. Seitz Senior Fellowships will be awarded for the academic year, early fall to spring. The Center awards up to twelve short-term (up to 60 days) Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships annually.

    Fellows will be provided with housing in apartments near the Gallery, subject to availability. Senior fellowship award period: academic year 2018-2019 (applications submitted by October 15, 2017). Visiting senior fellowship award periods: March 1 - August 15, 2018 (applications submitted by September 21, 2017) and September 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019 (applications submitted by March 21, 2018).

  • Drawing in the Post-Digital Era: From Exactitude to Extravagance

    Denver | Dates: 25 Aug – 20 Sep, 2017
    Drawing has occupied the central stage of architectural thinking and making since the time of Renaissance. Mediating between the abstract and the physical, drawing has proved both essential and instrumental in many stages of an architectural project. In the past few decades the proliferation of digital media has destabilized the known means of drawing by pushing it towards new frontiers. Novel tools and techniques have made some of the conventional modes of operation more efficient, while equally subverting others in favor of new patterns of thought and action. Drawing’s metamorphosis presents a paradox: on the one hand it continues a tradition that has lasted over 500 years, and on the other hand it challenges the tenets of that tradition by the implementation of methods that, at times, are at odds with roles assigned to drawing.

    This proposal is preoccupied with drawing’s transformations in the post-digital era. Historically, drawing has acted as an intermediary between thought and action by creating a space of its own within which the architect’s creativity unfolded. That unique space, which has been the domain of imagination, allowed architects to think of different modes of expression (i.e. different forms of drawings) suited to the many phases of a project’s development. Since the inception of the digital, that very space has become infinitely small and extremely large at once. While precision, accuracy and optimization push for an exactitude that equates drawing to blueprints of realizable artifacts and narrows the space of creativity; accident, deviation and excess distance drawing from reality and push it towards extravagant abstraction, removing it from the material and tangible world. The proposal is preoccupied with this paradoxical condition that is embedded in drawings of the post-digital era and calls for reflection and critical assessment of the status quo.

    Since the digital has become an integral part of architecture, the following questions are to be asked: What are the potentials of drawing in the post- digital era? Understanding that the technological facet of digital drawing is one of its inseparable attributes, how do we, as historians, theoreticians, practitioners and educators come to terms with using these tools and techniques in order to engage with drawing as a creative process? How can we maintain the potency of drawing, and preserve its ethical imperatives, without succumbing to the role of consumers of technological procedures and methods? This theme proposal invites opinions from either side of the spectrum. It is equally interested in curricular and practical experiments, in processes and products that explore contemporary methods of drawing and their effects on the teaching and practice of architecture.

    Information on the conference (15-17 March in Denver, Colorado), submission requirements, and the online submission process can be found on the conference webpage Please email the session chair Pari Riahi ( in case of further questions.
  • Spaces / Times / Peoples: Nature and Architectural History

    Ankara | Dates: 31 Aug – 23 Oct, 2017
    Middle East Technical University Graduate Program in Architectural History organizes a series of symposia bi-annually, open to graduate students and researchers who have recently completed their Ph.D. studies. The tenth meeting of the symposium series will take place on December 21-22, 2017 and focus on the theme of "Spaces / Times / Peoples: Nature and Architectural History".

    METU Architectural History Graduate Symposium 10 aims to discuss the spatial and cultural intersections of natural formations such as mountains, valleys, plains, rivers and sea extending from countrysides to coasts of cities with architectural entities such as transportation hubs, customs, infrastructural elements, and other related buildings types. Manifold and various interactions between nature and architecture can be studied in order to broaden the understanding of urban, architectural, and environmental history. The symposium calls for papers that explore not only how natural disasters and environmental problems like epidemics, fires, and earthquakes have shaped the spatial and historical formation of cities but also how architectural production has been integrated with and affected natural resources throughout history.

    Eligibility: The symposium is open to graduate students and young researchers who have received their doctoral degrees since 2012.
    Language: Turkish and English
    Proposal Submission: The requested information below should be sent to the Organizing Committee via the given e-mail address.
    Abstract Sheet: Title of the paper, abstract (300 words) and five keywords. No information about the identity of the participant on the abstract sheet.
    Information Sheet: The title of the paper, participant’s name, short biography, address, e-mail, phone and fax numbers.
    Submission Deadline: October 23, 2017
    Conference Fee: 150 TL 

    Scientific Committee:
    Elvan Altan, Suna Güven, Lale Özgenel, Ali Uzay Peker, 
    Pelin Yoncacı Arslan

    Organization Committee:
    Saliha Aslan, Aylin Atacan, Elif Bilge, Şehri Kartal,
    Pınar Kutluay, Hüma Tülce, Elif Yurdaçalış
  • CFP: Military Landscapes (Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium)

    Washington | Dates: 24 Aug – 30 Sep, 2017

    Among various human interventions in landscape, war has left one of the most lasting and eloquent records, literally inscribed in the face of the earth. Military landscapes can assume different forms and functions: vertical, as the Great Wall of China, or horizontal, as the Federal Interstate Highway System; overground and geometrically controlled, as the earthworks of the Renaissance trace italienne, or sunken and disguised by local topography, as the trenches of World War I. They could be high-security sites, as the Pentagon, or tourist attractions, as Himeji Castle in Japan; curated, as the Gettysburg Battlefield, or neglected, as the outskirts of the Savannah River nuclear reservation site. All these landscapes, however, remain vivid testimonies to the main reason for their existence: the reality of war as one of the oldest of human endeavors.   

     Indeed, remnants of defensive structures or fields of physical combat are among many types of landscape that the culture of war generates. Military landscapes can include former markers of status, such as the strongholds of sixteenth-century Japanese warlords, or vestiges of colonial expansion, as the fortified trading outposts built by the Dutch on the coasts of the Indian Ocean. They could be even combined symbols of imperial oppression and national resistance, as in the case of the fortress of San Juan de Ulúa in Mexico. Although fortified, they could have an afterlife as sacred grounds, as the Acropolis in Athens. They could be reflections of utopian architectural visions, as in the case of the star-shaped sixteenth-century Italian city of Palmanova, or diplomatic pragmatism, as in the creation of present-day demilitarized zones. In their most familiar form, they are national memorials as sites of remembrance and commemoration: monumental embodiments of group identities and systems of value and, in this way, cultural pilgrimage destinations and settings of political rituals. As places where historical memory inevitably becomes translated into myth, military landscapes are also deeply contested sites. Witnesses or reminders of victories and defeats, achievements and losses, heroism and suffering, they continue to have powerful emotional, political, and cultural resonance across different generations.           

     At the same time, military landscapes remain important focuses of government interests and large-scale budgetary investments, past and present. Products of theoretical thinking and strategic planning, they typically represent advanced engineering and technological solutions. Reduced to paper or GIS datasheets, they are also outcomes of a unique expertise in managing such tasks as dislocation, movement, and provision of troops; performing ballistic and structural calculations; and assessing opportunities for attach and ambush, defense and camouflage, which gave military professionals a unique knowledge and understanding of the natural terrain. In this way, they are repositories of information recorded, safeguarded, and communicated through topographic descriptions, maps, drawings, photography, and film footage, producing a wealth of visual material that charts a complex and changing cultural interpretation of landscape and the flora and fauna that inhabit it. 

    The Garden and Landscape Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks is planning a symposium, to be held on May 4–5, 2018, which aims to reevaluate the role of war as a fundamental form of human interaction with land and a decisive factor in the ongoing transformation of the natural environment. As the nature of modern conflict expands to encompass entire geopolitical regions, military landscapes cannot be treated purely as markers of history. They belong to the present as much as they do to the past, calling for a critical assessment of their environmental impact, new approaches to their historic preservation or adaptive reuse, and a scholarly reappraisal of their form, meaning, and interpretation. What are the challenges and theoretical implications of understanding military infrastructure as landscape from the disciplinary perspectives of cultural geography, architectural history, and environmental studies? And what is the role of the practice of landscape architecture in shaping, curating, and giving meaning to such landscapes? Please send a 200-word abstract and a short two-page CV, by September 30, 2017, to Anatole Tchikine ( and John Davis ( Proposals from historians, ecologists, geographers, and designers that emphasize cross-disciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.

  • Association for Art History 2018 Annual Conference

    London | Dates: 05 – 07 Apr, 2018

    2018 Annual Conference
    Courtauld Institute of Art & King’s College London
    5 – 7 April 2018, London

    The 2018 Annual Conference for art history and visual culture will be co-hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London. Academic sessions that papers will respond to the idea of ‘looking outwards’. This international 3 day event will look at art history in the broadest sense, and will incorporate a diverse range of speakers and perspectives.

    Call for Papers
    The 2018 Annual Conference for art history and visual culture will be co-hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London. This international 3 day event will look at art history in the broadest sense, and will incorporate a diverse range of academic sessions, speakers and perspectives.

    The close collaboration between the two institutions – involving numerous other museums and cultural partners in London – will set the tone for a conference oriented around ‘looking outwards’.

    On one hand, we will be encouraging art historians and researchers to think about their disciplinary relationships with other affiliated subjects in the arts and humanities (as indeed beyond). On the other, we will be inviting new perspectives on international collaborations within the field (particularly important in the wake of recent political events…).

    We aim to incorporate an ambitious range of perspectives – from university academics and doctoral researchers, to educators, curators, heritage partners, and not least artists themselves. We hope to deliver an event with the widest possible remit and reach.

    Academic Sessions
    The 2018 Annual Conference will host 40 academic sessions, over 3 days (approx. 13/14 sessions each day). Each one-day session will generally consist of between 4 – 8 papers (minimum 4, maximum 8); papers are usually 25-minutes, presented in 35-minute slots to allow for questions and movement between sessions. We will also accommodate alternative session formats – such as world-cafe, round-table or open discussions.

    Sessions will respond to the idea of ‘looking outwards’ by engaging with art history and visual culture in the broadest sense. You can view and download the 2018 academic sessions and abstracts(pdf).

    Conference Convenors
    Joanna Woodall and Katie Scott, Courtauld Institute of Art
    Michael Squire, King’s College London

    Conference Coordinator
    Cheryl Platt, Association for Art History

  • CFP: Association for Art History 2018 Annual Conference (London, 5-7 Apr 2018)

    London | Dates: 24 Aug – 06 Nov, 2017

    The 2018 Annual Conference for art history and visual culture will be co-hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London. This international 3 day event will look at art history in the broadest sense, and will incorporate a diverse range of academic sessions, speakers and perspectives.

    The close collaboration between the two institutions – involving numerous other museums and cultural partners in London – will set the tone for a conference oriented around ‘looking outwards’.

    On one hand, we will be encouraging art historians and researchers to think about their disciplinary relationships with other affiliated subjects in the arts and humanities (as indeed beyond). On the other, we will be inviting new perspectives on international collaborations within the field (particularly important in the wake of recent political events…).

    We aim to incorporate an ambitious range of perspectives – from university academics and doctoral researchers, to educators, curators, heritage partners, and not least artists themselves. We hope to deliver an event with the widest possible remit and reach.

  • Digital Art History: Practice and Potential

    London | Dates: 11 – 11 Oct, 2017


    The first conference of the Early Career Researchers in British Art Network in partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Digital Art History Research Group (#DAHRG) and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art

    Convened by Dr Hana Leaper (Paul Mellon Centre), Dr Sophie Hatchwell (University of Bristol) and Dr Fern Insh (Courtauld Institute of Art)

    This conference, organised under the auspices of the Early Career Researchers in British Art Network, and Digital Art History Research Group (#DAHRG), provides a platform for Early Career Researchers engaged or interested in digital art history to showcase their work, develop skills, and think broadly about how digitisation can innovate, challenge convention, and inform art-historical practice.

    In recent years, academics and institutions engaged in the Digital Humanities have brought together new technologies with historical research and scholarship. As a result, departments and institutions dedicated to the study of the Digital Humanities are becoming increasingly commonplace. Concurrently, art historians have sought to define what Digital Art History is, with eminent scholars such as Johanna Drucker and Diane M. Zorich interrogating its place within disciplinary practice and theory and many conferences and publications devoted to specifically defining what Digital Art History means.

    By inviting an emergent generation of scholars together, this conference intends to move beyond defining Digital Art History. Instead, we consider how digital technology integrates with and enhances art historical methodologies and theories in today’s digital world.

    Please visit the Paul Mellon Centre website for more details.

  • Fitch Fellowships for 2018

    Dates: 24 Aug – 25 Oct, 2017
    Since 1989, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation has been in the vanguard of historic preservation practice and theory. The mission of the Fitch Foundation is to support professionals in the field of historic preservation, and to achieve this we provide mid-career grants to those working in preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, materials conservation, decorative arts, architectural design and history, and allied fields.

    Applications for 2018 funding are now being accepted. Applications must be submitted by October 25, 2017, 11PM EST. Applicants may apply for one of three available grants: the FITCH Mid-Career Fellowship, the Richard L. BLINDER Award and the Samuel H. KRESS Fellowship 

     FITCH MID-CAREER FELLOWSHIP:  Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one ore more mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history and the decorative arts. The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will consider proposals for the research and/or the execution of the preservation-related projects in any of these fields. View eligibility details and more.

     RICHARD L. BLINDER AWARD:  An award up to $15,000 will be presented biennially to an architect or other professional in a related historic preservation field for a proposal exploring architecture and preservation. The proposal may focus on a real project or it may be a polemical exercise; in either case, originality is highly valued. The proposal must advance architectural preservation in the United States. The product can be graphic, text-based or a combination of both and must be able to be shared with the architecture and preservation community. View eligibility details and more.
     SAMUEL H. KRESS MID-CAREER FELLOWSHIP:  Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one mid-career professional whose research project relates to the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art, architecture and related disciplines from antiquity to the early 19th century, in the context of historic preservation in the United States. Potential Kress Fellow projects could include the exploration of shared European and American influences in style, design, materials, construction techniques, building types, conservation and interpretation methodologies, philosophical and theoretical attitudes, and other factors applicable to preservation in both Europe and America.
    View eligibility details and more.
  • Rome: City and Empire

    Nashville | Dates: 23 Feb – 28 May, 2018

    The stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost three thousand years after its foundation. Rome: City and Empire brings to Nashville more than two hundred of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the dramatic story of how Rome grew from a cluster of small villages into a mighty empire.

    The British Museum’s exceptionally broad collections have enabled the creation of a truly inspiring experience. Visitors will explore how the empire was won and held and learn about the rich diversity of her peoples. The exhibition is an accessible introduction to the Roman imperial period, yet also provides a range and depth of material for those with an existing interest in Roman history.

    The Frist Center is the exclusive North American venue.

  • AIA Chicago transFORM Leadership Program

    Chicago | Dates: 25 Oct, 2017 – 21 Feb, 2018
    Co-sponsored and powered by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB) Chicago program, and in partnership with Harold Washington College, this collaboration will bring award-winning faculty to the fingertips of AIA Chicago members and AEC professionals. 

    GS10KSB is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. With multiple sites nationwide, GS10KSB has served over 8,000 small business owners. The program has reached businesses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C, and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for the alumni of the program. 

    AIA Chicago transFORM will combine the curriculum offered to GS10KSB participants with the business of architecture, and will feature speakers, panelists and educators from within the profession, providing real-world application of those business and leadership skills in an interdisciplinary setting.


    Harold Washington College, 30 E Lake Street, Chicago IL 60601


    Wednesday, October 25, 5:30-8:30 PM
    Wednesday, November 29, 5:30-8:30 PM
    Tuesday, December 12, 5:30-8:30 PM
    Wednesday, January 31, 5:30-8:30 PM
    Wednesday, February 21, 5:30-8:30 PM

    This program is meant to be completed as a whole and sessions will not be offered individually. 


    $250 for AIA members
    $500 for non-AIA members

    TOTAL CE: 15 LUs

    AIA Chicago encourages both members and non-members to apply, at all career development stages. While GS10KSB defines a small business as one with 500 or fewer employees, this program is specifically geared toward architects at all firm sizes, small and large.

    A limited number of spots are available, and we expect this program to sell out. Registration is now open.
  • The Getty Foundation Graduate Internships

    Los Angeles | Dates: 24 Aug – 01 Nov, 2017
    Getty Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation, as well as in Getty Publications—to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Training and work experience placements are available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, information management, public programs, and grantmaking.

    For full list of requirements and application procedures, visit webpage listed above.
  • Excavating the Charnley-Persky House: Archaeology of Chicago’s Gold Coast, 1880–1920

    Chicago | Dates: 26 – 26 Oct, 2017

    Archaeological finds from the Charnley-Persky House, a Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright structure, reveal the intricacies of life in Gilded Age Chicago. Rebecca Graff, assistant professor of anthropology at Lake Forest College, and Pauline Saliga, executive director of the Society of Architectural Historians, discuss what the excavation at the house tells us about this forgotten past.

    $15, $8 members

    6:00 P.M. reception with cash bar, 6:30 P.M. lecture followed by Q+A.

    The Chicago History Museum is a proud program partner of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

    Digital Chicago unearths the city’s past in order to preserve it for a digital future.

  • Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

    Philadelphia | Dates: 21 Aug – 05 Nov, 2017
    The story of master architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades, encompassing over 200 objects related to Kahn’s buildings and projects in the form of architectural models, plans, original drawings, photographs, and films. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is proud to be the final venue of the international tour.
    The Power of Architecture extensively documents all of Kahn’s important projects—from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to monumental late works such as the Roosevelt Memorial in New York City (1973-74), posthumously completed in October 2012. Among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959-65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966-72), and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962-83). The presentation of Kahn’s architectural projects is accompanied by a selection of watercolors, pastels and charcoal drawings created during his travels, which document his skill as an artist and illustrator.
    Highlights from The Power of Architecture include previously unpublished footage shot by Nathanial Kahn, the son of Louis Kahn and the director of the film My Architect, as well as interviews with architects such as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor, and Sou Fujimoto that underscore the continued significance of Kahn’s work.
  • What's Your Sign? Retail Architecture and the History of Signage Symposium

    Iowa City | Dates: 08 – 09 Sep, 2017
    The Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Art presents a symposium considering the history of retail architecture signage.

    For as long as goods have been bought and sold, shopkeepers and traders have visually communicated their wares through signs. This breakfast symposium explores the evolution of signage from the shutter paintings of ancient Pompeii to the wooden trade signs hanging along Medieval English streets to the neon of twentieth-century American roadside signs. How have symbols of selling shifted over the centuries? How do retail signs reflect or reject broader visual cultures? What technological shifts have precipitated the most dramatic design departures? Papers may examine the iconography, typography, and materiality of retail signs as well as the cultural, financial, and geo-political forces that shaped storefront signs in the past. Papers may also contend with the future of retail sinage in an increasingly digital and global economy. This public event will be livestreamed and occurs in conjunction with the City of Iowa City Downtown District’s CoSign project, which partners local artists and craftspeople with small business to create exciting and distinctive new signs.

    Keynote Address:
    September 8, 2017
    7:00 pm–9:00 pm
    University of Iowa Art Building West
    Art Bldg West, 141 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246

    James Wines, founder of New York City-based architecture and environmental arts studio SITE, will deliver the keynote address for the What’s Your Sign? Symposium. A professor of advanced design studies at Pennsylvania State College of Arts and Architecture as well as a practicing architect, Wines' work focuses on aesthetic, sociological, and environmental concerns in the building arts. Author the seminal text Green Architecture, Wines is the winner of twenty-five art and architecture awards including the 2013 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. His projects for SITE have been honored by retrospective exhibitions in the USA, Europe, and Japan, while his drawings can be found in the collections of more than thirty-five museums worldwide.
  • Human Perception & The Built Environment (Driehaus Symposium)

    Chicago | Dates: 30 – 30 Sep, 2017
    Final Invite Symposium Large

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  • Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Sep – 30 Nov, 2017

    On September 12, the museum opens its new permanent collection of modern and contemporary architecture and design. Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute is a dynamic, issue-driven installation drawn from the museum’s world-class holdings. From visionary architectural drawings and innovative industrial designs to user-generated products and speculative research, the exhibition explores the many fundamental roles of architecture and design in our history and culture.

    Integrating the architecture and design of the space into the visitor experience, these galleries present a forward-looking history of modern and contemporary practice as a living social and cultural process. The exhibition’s thematic chronology invites audiences to engage with local and global issues including war and political movements, material and technological transformations, and the effects of globalization—while challenging us to think critically about the objects, spaces, and networks that define the way we live. A serial approach to the collection's display will continually refresh the presentation and present opportunities for ongoing conversation with the general public, architecture and design enthusiasts, and experts in these fields.

    The installation design literally shifts the grid with a series of diagonal walls that play off of the orthogonal geometries of Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing. Describing the layout, Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, explains, “The design functions like an insertion in the space, creating a series of interconnected rooms that guide visitors through a series of unfolding narratives bringing together our collection.”

    The work represented in the Art Institute’s diverse collection showcases the many voices that have shaped the fields of architecture and design and continue to do so today. These include Daniel H. Burnham, Marion Mahony Griffin, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charlotte Perriand, and Enzo Mari, as well as contemporary practitioners such as Stan Allen, David Adjaye, Bless, Yuri Suzuki, and Dunne and Raby. The installation explores how diverse ideologies and approaches have fostered dialogue and exchange and forever changed how we understand and interact with the built environment. As Ryan notes, “This project presents a unique opportunity to engage audiences from around the world with the histories of transformative objects, buildings, and ideas that continue to shape our daily experiences.”

    Works will be punctuated by a series of specially commissioned, immersive films designed to illuminate key issues and works from Chicago and the Midwest, as well as around the world.  The opening of the new galleries coincide with the release of As Seen: Exhibitions That Made Architecture and Design History, a collection of essays edited by Zoë Ryan that examines the impact and influence of architecture and design exhibitions held between 1956 and 2006. Providing a fresh perspective on some of the most important exhibitions of the 20th century from America, Europe, and Japan, including This Is TomorrowExpo ’70, andMassive Change, this book offers a new framework for thinking about how exhibitions can function as a transformative force in the fields of architecture and design.

    Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute is co-curated by Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator; Alison Fisher, Harold & Margot Schiff Associate Curator; and Maite Borjabad López-Pastor, Special Projects Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.


  • Historic Gardens: Restore, Preserve or Conserve, Making Choices

    Sligo | Dates: 05 – 07 Oct, 2017
    Retaining the historic integrity of our significant heritage parks and gardens is essential in their ongoing management and conservation. This necessitates a comprehensive evaluation of their content, design and history. However, while detailed investigation into the original form of gardens and parks is an essential aid to accurate repair and renewal, it often highlights tension between preservation, reconstruction and simple enhancement. Discovering the directions to take, how and why, is the underlying theme of this year’s NIHGT conference. Accordingly, we have invited a wide range of speakers to talk about their own experiences in the conservation, rejuvenation and restoration of our historic parks and gardens.
  • Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York

    New York | Dates: 10 Nov – 31 Dec, 2017

    Until the 1960s, most public art in New York City was limited to war memorials, civic-minded murals, or relief sculpture embodying universal values like “Fraternity” or “Wisdom.” But the late 1960s brought a new era that embraced the individual artist’s voice and vision in the public realm. In the years since, hundreds of innovative art works, both permanent and temporary, have been installed in the public spaces of New York, making this the most robust and vibrant environment for public art in the world.

    Presented to mark the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Public Art Fund, Art in the Open highlights works that have transformed both the public spaces of the city as well as public expectation of the role and potential of art that exists outside of the traditional confines of museums and galleries. The exhibition features renderings, models, photographs, and video footage tracing the creation of public artworks by such artists as Red Grooms, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Kara Walker.

  • Made in York

    York | Dates: 16 Aug – 12 Nov, 2017
    These products of York’s age of Enlightenment are as rich as their impact is far-reaching. Made in York celebrates the wealth of this Georgian city’s inventive and enlightened output through the long eighteenth century (1670-1830).

    York’s pages of history are strewn with astronomers, mathematicians, horologists and zoologists through to world-class scholars, celebrated painters, sculptors, architects and cabinetmakers. This is the story of those people who made this city a crucible for enlightened thought, intellectual creativity and a centre for exquisite craftsmanship throughout the Georgian age.

    York nurtured some of the greatest names such as Grinling Gibbons, Thomas Chippendale, Laurence Sterne, John Goodricke, John Flaxman and Joseph Rose, leaders in each of their metiers. But behind these icons are some lesser-known pioneers; Made in York rediscovers their rich and eclectic legacy, and the rare objects and often forgotten triumphs that they have left for future generations.

    For the first time, this landmark exhibition will be showcased throughout the townhouse, vividly animating both Fairfax House’s beautiful period rooms and its exhibition gallery.
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