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Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center is the hub of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, featuring Installations, exhibitions and programs designed and presented by invited architects from around the globe.

Art Institute of Chicago
Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute
This is a new installation featuring the museum’s seminal collection of architectural drawings and furniture, graphic, and industrial designs of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Color Studies
This installation mines the collection of the Art Institute to showcase important moments from the Bauhaus and Swiss typography to postmodern architecture and contemporary graphic design.

Chicago Architecture Foundation
Between States is an ambitious showcase of 50 community-based design solutions to transform underappreciated and underperforming spaces in Chicago into rejuvenated civic anchors.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Amanda Williams
Amanda Williams (American, b. 1974), an artist who trained as an architect, presents new bodies of work that use sculpture and photography to respond to changing urban environments. Williams, who was raised in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood, transforms elements of architecture and design into immersive sculptures that draw attention to the ways context dramatically informs the value of material, and by extension, the value of cities.

Graham Foundation
in the forest
The Graham Foundation is pleased to present "in the forest," a newly commissioned multi-part installation by artist David Hartt. This project will coincide with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive
This major exhibition critically engages the recently acquired Wright archive, offering new interpretations of this rich trove to the public, 150 years after the birth of the seminal modern American architect.

DePaul Art Museum
Angela Ferreira: Zip Zap and Zumbi is  an immersive installation created by this Portuguese artist that considers modernist architecture from a post-colonial African perspective. For Ferreira, who was born in Mozambique, buildings are anthropological, sociological, political and aesthetic structures. Her work at DPAM triangulates a dialogue across time and place between the modernist forms of Mies van der Rohe, Mozambican architect Pancho Gudes, and vernacular architecture found in Portugal, Brazil and throughout Africa.

DuSable Museum of African American History
Chicago: A Southern Exposure, an exhibition of architectural photography that brings attention to Chicago’s South Side, featuring the work of Lee Bey with subject matter including the work of luminaries such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen; as wel as distinguished and pioneering black architects such as John Moutoussamy and Ryder, Morrison and Margerum. The exhibition will also focus on adaptive reuse of structures by the predominately black population.

In addition, the Roundhouse (Burnham and Root) at the DuSable Museum will be the official location for a large-scale exhibition project curated by the Palais de Tokyo’s Katell Jaffres through its Hors Les Murs program. The group exhibition will present emerging artists from both the French and Chicago art scenes, focusing on the dialogue between architecture and artistic process and will emphasize the relationship between the space of The Roundhouse and the selected artists’ site-specific works.

Hyde Park Art Center
The Center will host projects focusing on the idea of community repair and “Make New History,” including an exhibition of the work of Chicago-based artist Sara Black and New Zealand artist Raewyn Martyn. They will create an immersive artwork by reconstituting lumber byproducts into a built environment that connects the history of building with wood to Chicago’s industrial past and the local impact of global deforestation.

The exterior of the building will featuring a: 21st century mural incorporating collage, video, poetry and sound in response to the 50th anniversary of the Wall of Respect, a nationally renowned mural that presented portraits of African American heroes on a South Side community building form 1967-71.

National Museum of Mexican Art
Placemaking and Landmarks: The Creation of Mexican Spaces in Chicago will draw from the museum’s permanent collection and local photography archives to showcase the transnational cultural connections forged by Mexican immigrants who have long endeavored to “make new history” in the shaping of Chicago’s built environment.

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
The NMPRAC will explore the heritage of the national landmark site, revealing the continued relevance of a historical succession of cultures and influences from Danish immigrant landscape designer Jens Jensen to the Puerto Rican advocates who establish the Museum as a cultural pillar.

Beverly Arts Center
Collaborative exhibition with architectural historian and photographer Lee Bey and architect and installation designer James Gorski that demonstrates the coexistence of history and the present in the built environment under the theme Elevation, addressing the social and cultural history of upward mobility and racial change and the stylistic expressions emblematic of the Beverly neighborhood.


Palais de Tokyo Exhibition
The Roundhouse, designed by Burnham and Root, at the DuSable Museum of African American History will be the official location for a large-scale exhibition project curated by the Palais de Tokyo’s Katell Jaffres through its Hors Les Murs program. The group exhibition will present emerging artists from both the French and Chicago art scenes, focusing on the dialogue between architecture and artistic process and will emphasize the relationship between the space of The Roundhouse and the selected artists’ site-specific works.

Public Sculpture and Architecture
Visit the Chicago Loop as an outdoor museum and experience why Chicago is renown for the quantity and importance of its public sculpture and architecture as well as for the way the two have been seamlessly integrated.

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House in Hyde Park
One of the great masterpieces of 20th-century architecture and interior design, the Robie House (1908-10) synthesizes all the major innovations of Wright’s design philosophy. It is the definitive expression of his Prairie style and a precursor of modernism. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park
Experience Wrights’ first home and studio, birthplace of an architectural revolution. Wright used his home (1889) to explore design concepts that would shape his architectural philosophy. In his adjacent studio (1898), Wright and his associates developed a new American architecture—the Prairie style. The historic district surrounding the Home and Studio has the greatest number of Wright-designed home anywhere.

Frank Lloyd Wright S.C. Johnson Wax Company, Racine, Wisconsin
Experience the remarkable Administration Building (1939), featuring the Workroom’s famous dendriform columns, expansive glass and Wright-designed furniture,  and the Research Tower (1950), the vertical complement to the Administration building, both on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
Nothing better expresses Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s philosophy than S.R. Crown Hall (1956), home to the College of Architecture, and a modern masterpiece. Crown Hall cohesively represents his architectural concepts and theories in their most complete and mature form. A National Historic Landmark, its refinement and innovation place it among the most distinguished buidlings of its age and define its importance in the history of architecture.

Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois
Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, the Farnsworth House is a vital part of American iconography, an exemplary representation of both the International Style of architecture as well as the modern movement’s desire to juxtapose the sleek, steamline design of Modern structure with the organic environment of the surrounding nature.

Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum is an architectural landmark, comprised of three buildings designed by three legendary architects: Eero Saarinen’s War Memorial Center, David Kahler and Santiago Calatrava, whose graceful Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural postmodern addition. The site also feature Cudahy Gardens created by landscape architect Dan Kiley. Its encyclopedic collections and special exhibitions are also noteworthy.

Art Institute of Chicago Highlights

Museum of Contemporary Art
Takashi Murakami exhibition
The MCA, just steps off the Magnificent Mile, is one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues. I t features a celebrated permanent collection and is consistently lauded for its challenging and relevant special exhibtions highlighting the most important artists of our time. The MCA has recently been renovated by JohnstonMarklee, creative directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.