On February 17 and 18, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will present a two-day series of events devoted to addressing the current state of architecture and design, and their position as engines of production in a world awash with "stuff" that quickly finds its way to the landfill. Moderated by SAIC professor Ben Nicholson, the February 17 roundtable includes Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Museum of Art; Jeffrey Kipnis, Architecture Curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts; Bruce Mau, Creative Director of Bruce Mau Design; and Art Institute curator Zoe Ryan. If design has moved to the realm beyond empty, this roundtable attempts to challenge designers and thinkers to invent our way out.
On February 18, Aaron Betsky will deliver the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture. Betsky's lecture, entitled "Nothing," addresses his belief that architecture must move beyond building and "represent, make us at home in, and help us figure out a world that seems without shape or meaning."
Exploring Design - Thinking and Making in a Changing World
Roundtable: February 17, Sunday 3:30pm
William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell
Lecture: February 18, Monday 6pm
Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue
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