Year-Round 2017-2018

Image courtesy Shani Crowe and the Dimmensions of Citizenship organizers.

Biennale Architettura 2018 – U.S. Pavilion

Sunday, May 27 | 10:00–11:30am

U.S. Pavilion at the 16. International Architecture Exhibition

10:45–11:30am | /Dialogues: Dimensions of Citizenship
Panelists | Amanda Williams (Chicago-based Artist and Architect, participant in the U.S. Pavilion), Andres L. Hernandez (Chicago-based Artist and Architect, participant in the U.S. Pavilion) and Shani Crowe (Chicago-based Artist). Moderated by EXPO CHICAGO Director of Programming and Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, Stephanie Cristello

Tackling questions of citizenship status, gender and race at the intersection of history, theory and practice of art and architecture, this panel will explore the unique ways in which black women have historically navigated and shaped space to advance their position in American society. Highlighting the historical figures of Harriet Jacobs and Harriet Tubman as muses, this conversation will trace the impact of American history on Williams and Hernandez’s practice, complemented by a performative element by Shani Crowe, preceding the conversation. Addressing the fraught social-spatial conditions of the African-American experience, this panel will take place in proximity to a new commission by Williams and Hernandez in the courtyard of the U.S. Pavilion, entitled Thrival Geographies (In My Mind I See a Line). Weaving up the portico of the main entrance, and stretching beyond the rear terrain of the Pavilion building, the piece evokes the clandestine routes charted and navigated by African-Americans seeking both temporary escape and permanent freedom from the institution of slavery.

Presented in partnership with the commissioners of the U.S. Pavilion, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.

Alejandro Cesarco, Vanitas (From Remorse to Regret) (Detail), 2017. 
Courtesy of the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin.

THE SEEN | Stephanie Cristello in Conversation with Alejandro Cesarco

Thursday, January 18 | 6:30–8:00pm

ICI Curatorial Hub | 401 Broadway, Suite 1620

, NY, NY

Join Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN Stephanie Cristello as part of this interview with New York-based artist Alejandro Cesarco, in advance of their text being published in Issue 06 (Spring / Summer 2018). 

This conversation will align with Cesarco’s most recent exhibition, entitled Song, which is on view at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago through January 28, 2018. This discussion will explore the artist’s relationship to different narrative strategies and their relationship to form, affect, and memory. Presented in partnernship with Independent Curators International. 

Images: Judy Chicago, 6 AM: Cat Alarm Clocks from Kitty City (detail), 2000, watercolor on Arches, 22 x 30 in. © Judy Chicago. Photo: Donald Woodman. Image courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery. 

In Conversation: Judy Chicago and Jayna Zweiman

Saturday, November 4 | 6:00–8:00pm

Gordon Parks Arts Hall | 5815 S Kimbark Avenue

Judy Chicago (Artist, Jessica Silverman Gallery) in conversation with Jayna Zweiman (Co-Founder of Pussyhat Project) and Alison Gass (Dana Feitler Director of Smart Museum of Art).

The two artists will explore how to political activism is manifested in various forms, particularly in community-based projects like Welcome Blanket that confront contemporary social and political issues. The talk is moderated by Alison Gass, Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum. Presented by the Smart Museum of Art in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO.

Obama Presidential Center, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners and Interactive Design Architects. 

Obama Presidential Center Panel 

Saturday, October 14 | 2:00–3:00pm

DuSable Museum of African American History | 740 E 56th Place

Dr. Louise Bernard (Director, Museum of the Obama Presidential Center), Amanda Williams, and Andres Luis Hernandez (Artists and Members of the Exhibition Design Team, Obama Presidential Center). Moderated by Monica Chadha (Founder, Civic Projects; Member of the Exhibition Design Team, Obama Presidential Center).

Join newly appointed Director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center, Dr. Louise Bernard, along with interdisciplinary members of the Exhibition Design Team, for this conversation about the work of the Obama Presidential Center and the Museum's role as an innovative social and cultural institution.