Theater Gates, MASS Design Group, and dozens more join event focused on social justice, collective memory, and civic purpose.
This morning, organizers of Chicago’s third Architecture Biennial announced many of the architects, designers, and urbanists participating in the forthcoming citywide cultural event, introducing a preliminary lineup underscoring the event’s focus on rethinking relationships with public space and civic responsibility.
The 2019 edition offers reflections, research, and new ideas about aspects of social justice, land use, collective memory, and civic purpose. Artistic director Yesomi Umolu and co-curators Sepaka Angiama and Paulo Tavares, recently announced the theme, “…and such other stories,” a concept that side-stepping the standard skyscrapers-and-broad-shoulders narrative of Chicago to dig into how the city reflects global issues of property, the environment, public participation, and memorializing.
The 51 contributors announced by the curatorial team today span 19 countries and a range of disciplines including contemporary art, architecture, and spatial studies.
- Theaster Gates, a Chicago artist known for creative repurposing of buildings as artistic and community hubs, such as the Stony Island Arts Bank
- MASS Design Group, a Boston-based architecture practice known for their social justice work and the design of the powerful new lynching memorial, the National Memorial to Peace and Justice
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