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September 29, 2017

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Northwestern's interdisciplinary strength shines

When the Chicago Architecture Biennial kicks off Sept. 16, Northwestern University’s strengths in interdisciplinary study, global research and collaboration will be on full display. From a large-scale art installation to lectures by faculty and internationally-renowned guest artists, all programs will focus on the Biennial’s theme, “Make New History.”

The 2017 Biennial will be open to the public and on view Sept. 16 through Jan. 7, 2018. A wide range of performances, talks, forums and film screenings will be held at various location throughout the Chicago area, including the Northwestern Evanston campus.

A full calendar of events is available on the Chicago Architecture Biennial website.

Northwestern events

SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]

SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]

Professor Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle will be featured in an exhibition that explores the idea that engineers, architects and artists alike practice a poetry of inquiry, experimentation and ingenuity.

Sept. 10 to Jan. 7, 2018

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Conversation with Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and Hannah Higgins

Conversation with Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and Hannah Higgins

Art historian Hannah B Higgins and MacArthur Award-winning artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle discuss the use and implications of the grid in Manglano-Ovalle’s practice and among related artists.

 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3

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Lecture on Chicago architect Marion Mahony

Lecture on Chicago architect Marion Mahony

Professor David Van Zanten will deliver a presentation on Chicago architect Marion Mahony, sponsored by the Beverly Willis Foundation, a New York philanthropy organization supporting women in architecture.

6 p.m. Oct. 23

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Chicago Architecture Biennial lecture with Abraham Cruzvillegas

Chicago Architecture Biennial lecture with Abraham Cruzvillegas

Cruzvillegas, one of the top conceptual artists of his generation to come out of Mexico, will speak about a new series of work “The Water Trilogy.”

6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25

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Department of Art History Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture Series: Jean-Louis Cohen

Department of Art History Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture Series: Jean-Louis Cohen

Jean-Louis Cohen, the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, will speak on “Building a new New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture.”

5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1

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Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture Symposium

Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture Symposium

Professor David Van Zanten will chair the Nov. 18 presentation at the second International Graduate School Symposium.

6:30 p.m. Nov. 17
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18

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A Northwestern tradition

We have a tradition of architectural historians on the faculty who have contributed significant scholarship on the built environment of Chicago and the impact of Chicago design in the U.S. and beyond.”

Jesús Escobar
Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Chair, Department of Art History

About the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform the lived experience. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations and programming, the Biennial invites the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field.

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