Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects

Immersing the Public in the Process and Ideas that Generate Our Work


The Art Institute of Chicago / Illinois / USA


Studio Gang Architects


Exhibited September 24, 2012–February 24, 2013

The first solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Studio Gang, Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects was designed to immerse visitors in the energy of the studio’s creative process and the stream of ideas that connects its growing body of work.

In the exhibition’s main gallery space, visitors were invited to explore 13 recent Studio Gang projects through a variety of 2- and 3-dimensional materials chosen by Art Institute curators Zoë Ryan and Karen Kice. Five “rope room” installations, custom designed and constructed by Studio Gang, were clustered at the center of the gallery.

In the exhibition’s “workshop” room, full-scale mock ups, material experiments, tools, books, pin-up boards, and a wall of construction drawings gave visitors a look into the studio’s working method—how ideas are made realities through research, collaboration, and hands-on investigation. Two “Archi-Salon” events brought together architects and the public for conversations on current issues in architecture and connected fields.

Curators: Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, and Karen Kice, the Neville Bryan Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago

Selected Publications

2012 Oct 18, Architectural Record
“Gang’s All Here”

2012 Oct 2, Newcity
“Review: Studio Gang/Art Institute of Chicago”

2012 Sept 28, Chicago Tribune
“New Art Institute exhibit focuses on works of architect Jeanne Gang”

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