SGA Solo Show to Open at The Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition to Give an Innovative and Behind-the-Scenes Look Inside Studio Gang Architects


July 31, 2012

Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, the first solo exhibition of Studio Gang’s work, is set to open at The Art Institute of Chicago in fall 2012. On view from September 24, 2012 through February 24, 2013 in the Modern Wing’s Architecture and Design Galleries, the show will feature over a dozen of the firm’s projects. Many of these will be on public view for the first time.

Framed around four major issues facing contemporary architecture (its relationship to nature, questions of density, building community, and architecture as performance), the projects will be showcased not as a survey or retrospective but in an engaging, workshop-like environment that reveals the practice’s creative processes.

The installation—designed by SGA in collaboration with the Art Institute’s Zoe Ryan and Karen Kice—consists of two interrelated parts. The first functions as a gallery with projects illustrated through a range of materials from sketchbooks and models to photographs, plans, and other drawings. This space will also feature a special series of installations, also designed by SGA, dedicated to the studio’s material research and formal explorations. The second section of the exhibition replicates a workshop, complete with a large worktable, pin-up boards, full-scale mock-ups, and material samples.

This workshop space is a key component of the presentation and will serve as the location for two “Archi-Salons”: public conversations with leading architects and planners engaged with themes central to SGA’s practice. In addition, members of Studio Gang will be on site throughout the run of the exhibition to give tours, encourage dialogue, and promote greater understanding of the firm’s process-based work and the ideas behind it.

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