Watch out, Venezia. The Windy City is getting a biennial of its own. Announced this week, the Chicago Architecture Biennial—billed as the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America—is set to open October 1, 2015 in and around the Chicago Cultural Center. The three-month-long event, presented by the City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation, will be funded through private donations (BP has already chipped in $2.5 million).
“Chicago is the birthplace of modernism in architecture and every architect in the world knows our city’s history of innovation in the field through the work of architects such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe,” says Graham Foundation director Sarah Herda, who will serve as artistic director of the Biennial with architect, writer, and curator Joseph Grima. “The Biennial will place Chicago, once again, at the forefront of the architectural imagination.”
In addition to large-scale exhibitions at the Cultural Center, installations in Millenium Park and other Chicago neighborhoods (including the South Side, with programming help from artist Theaster Gates) will feature the work of both established and emerging architects, address a range of concerns—social, environmental, aesthetic, economic—and tap into a powerhouse advisory board that includes David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, and Stanley Tigerman.
On a related note: George Lucas Shifts Museum Plan to Chicago (via The New York Times)