August 30, 2017 - United States Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale - SAIC/University of Chicago appointed co-commissioners for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale with Dimensions of Citizenship
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August 30, 2017
August 30, 2017

United States Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale

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SAIC/University of Chicago appointed co-commissioners for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale with Dimensions of Citizenship

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SAIC/University of Chicago appointed co-commissioners for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale with Dimensions of Citizenship

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Exhibition curated by Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui, and Mimi Zeiger​

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the University of Chicago jointly announced today their selection by the US Department of State to serve as co-commissioners of the United States Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. As co-commissioners, the two institutions will organize Dimensions of Citizenship, the exhibition they proposed as the official United States contribution to the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale, on view from May 26 through November 25, 2018.

The curators of the exhibition are: Niall Atkinson, Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of Chicago; Ann Lui, Assistant Professor at SAIC and co-founder of the architecture office Future Firm; and Mimi Zeiger, an independent critic, editor, curator, and educator based in Los Angeles.

Particularly important in today's context, Dimensions of Citizenship will grapple with the meaning of citizenship as a cluster of rights and responsibilities at the intersection of legal, political, economic, and societal affiliations. Contemporary issues in the world today—from immigration to the impact of technology on individuals and nations—make it clear that now, and in the years to come, the stakes of citizenship are exceedingly high.

In a statement, the curators said, “It is urgent that architecture act as an important tool in understanding, shaping, and envisioning what it means to be a citizen today. Our goal is to present the United States as a site of critical research and practice in architecture, at the intersection of old and new forms of community engagement, political action, and public policy. Globalization, digital technology, and geopolitical transformations are continuing to challenge conventional notions of citizenship across scales. This exhibition will present works by architects, designers, artists, and thinkers who are responding to today’s shifting modes of citizenship, and putting forth visions of future ways of belonging.”

SAIC and the University of Chicago will announce the exhibitors selected for the US Pavilion soon.

“At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, we are always engaging with how artists, designers, and scholars enact their citizenship,” says SAIC President Elissa Tenny. “This means recognizing the responsibility artists and designers have to explore pressing issues, like the politics of belonging, and generate new ideas, which help us better share our common humanity. The Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) at SAIC has a history of embracing this challenge head-on, pursuing urgent questions across disciplines with distinguished peers like the University of Chicago and in international forums like the Venice Architecture Biennial.”

“The arts at the University of Chicago embrace a commitment to experimental scholarship with global impact and engagement with distinctive architecture. The Venice Biennale provides an opportunity to collaborate with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on an exhibition that presents the American architectural imagination at its best, and dramatizes how that imagination connects to the urgent global question of citizenship,” said Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State supports and manages official US participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The selection of the joint SAIC/University of Chicago proposal for Dimensions of Citizenship for the US Pavilion in 2018 was made through an open competition and recommendations from the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, convened by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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