Spend the Chicago Architecture Biennial with us!
The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will launch on October 1, 2015 and run through January 3, 2016. It will be North America's largest ever survey of contemporary architecture.
For the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda have selected the title The State of the Art of Architecture. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and program of events, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will offer an opportunity to take stock of architectural projects and experiments from around the world. With an incredible breadth of design approaches, research interests, and cultural perspectives, it will offer a global stage for debate and the exchange of ideas.
More than 225,000 people are expected to attend.
The Chicago Architecture Biennial will occur at a variety of sites around Chicago and greater Chicagoland. The primary location is the Chicago Cultural Center downtown, and the Biennial marks the first time the entire building has been dedicated to a single event. A second major site is the Stony Island Arts Bank, a major new undertaking by renowned artist Theaster Gates in Greater Grand Crossing on the city’s South Side. Additional sites include the SC Johnson campus in Racine, WI, The Farnsworth House in Plano, IL, and The Art Institute of Chicago, among other sites still in development.
While the main focus of the Biennial will be the large-scale exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and Stony Island Arts Bank, the event will also include an extensive education program and a robust series of Public Programs. These include artist talks, creative performances, social events, and special late night opportunities. With contributions from more than 60 partners, the Biennial will feature 100 days of programming.