Chicago Architecture Biennial announces 2017 Curators and Theme

photo credit: Eric Staudenmaier Photography

photo credit: Eric Staudenmaier Photography

At an event last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Architecture Biennial officials named Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee artistic directors of the 2017 event. The event's theme will be “Make New History,” and, according to the curators, focus on the relationship between modernity and history, and the relationship between art and architecture.

According to their press release:

Of critical importance in architectural discussion today is the renewed role that history plays in its making. One of the most dramatic ruptures in the evolution of architecture over the last century has been the fissure between history and modernity. The insistence on being unprecedented and unrelated to architectures of the past reached new heights at the beginning of the millennium, as more and more architects became reluctant to consider what they do as being part of a larger collective project or part of a longer architectural history.

Last year’s biennial, themed “The State of the Art of Architecture,” was largely a broad-based survey of contemporary architecture and emerging designers. Johnston and Lee have chosen to narrow the focus.

The Chicago Architecture Biennial seeks to convene the world’s leading practitioners, theorists, and commentators in the field of architecture and urbanism to explore, debate, and demonstrate the significance of architecture to contemporary society. For updates about 2017 and for more information, please visit their website.