Panel: Chicago in Photography: documented, imagined, abstracted and re-made
As a document of and commentary on Chicago’s unique place in architectural history, photography serves a significant role in connecting contemporary architecture with the past. Moderated by art historian and curator Greg Foster-Rice, this program explores how photographers working across distinct creative modes have turned to Chicago as a site for documentation, as a source for abstraction, and as a source for creative re-visioning. A wide range of Chicago’s built heritage has been engaged by Chicago Architecture Biennial photographers—from the richly-ornamented Beaux Arts structures downtown to modernist housing infrastructures in the neighborhoods. Presentations by the panelists and discussion moderated by Foster-Rice will reflect upon how both historic photographic practices and contemporary artists’ individual approaches to the theme “Make New History” inform a broader conversation about the relevance of Chicago’s art and design history to the global concerns of the present. Speakers on this panel include Midwest-based photographer David Schalliol and Zurich-based multidisciplinary artist Marianne Mueller.
This program is presented as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
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