September 12, 2017 - United States Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale - Exhibitors at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
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September 12, 2017
September 12, 2017

United States Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale

Clockwise from the top left: Amanda Williams & Andres L. Hernandez, SCAPE, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Keller Easterling, Studio Gang, and Design Earth.

Exhibitors at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
Seven design teams to reflect on dimensions of citizenship

www.saic.edu

The curatorial team for Dimensions of Citizenship, the exhibition that will represent the United States in the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, today announced the architects, landscape architects, and designers who will create work for the show. The seven commissioned exhibitors are:

Amanda Williams & Andres L. Hernandez (Chicago, IL)
Design Earth (Cambridge, MA)
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York, NY)
Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman (San Ysidro, CA)
Keller Easterling (New Haven, CT)
SCAPE (New York, NY)
Studio Gang (Chicago, IL)

In a statement, the curators said, “These seven teams represent the breadth of design practice today: from social to speculative; technical to theoretical. They are united by researched-based methodologies and the drive to use that research to push boundaries—formal, disciplinary, and political.”

Each of these new works commissioned for the US Pavilion will interrogate a different spatial condition of design and citizenship. Also on view and placed in dialogue with these contributions will be existing projects by other architects, artists, and practitioners of aligned disciplines. These participants will be announced at a later date.

The institutions that have been appointed as co-commissioners of the 2018 US Pavilion—the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the University of Chicago—also announced the appointment of Iker Gil, SAIC faculty member, Director of MAS Studio and founder of the design journal MAS Context, as associate curator. He joins the curatorial team of Niall Atkinson, Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of Chicago; Ann Lui, Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Mimi Zeiger, an independent critic, editor, curator, and educator.

Supporting the curators in crafting their creative vision and realizing Dimensions of Citizenship is a recently formed curatorial advisory board which includes:

Bill Brown, Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts, Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture in the Departments of English & Visual Arts, and the College, UChicago
Theaster Gates, Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the College, and Director of Arts + Public Life, UChicago
Sarah Herda, Director, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Mary Jane Jacob, Executive Director of Exhibitions & Event, SAIC
Oliver Palmer, independent artist and designer  
Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago
Jonathan Solomon, Director, Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, SAIC
Jessica Stockholder, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Raymond W. & Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the College, UChicago
Amy Thomas, Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Urban Planning, TU Delft
Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and Lecturer in the Humanities Division, UChicago

The curatorial team has appointed Project Projects as the graphic, web, and exhibition designer for the 2018 US Pavilion. e-flux Architecture has joined Dimensions of Citizenship as a media and editorial partner.

In addition to presenting the contributions of the seven exhibitors and the collateral projects of other participants, Dimensions of Citizenship will include a digital platform designed to foster conversations and to seek new ideas, stories, and engagement from both local and global publics representing diverse voices.

Contact:
Alison Buchbinder
Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors
alison.buchbinder [​at​] finnpartners.com / T 646 688 7826

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