Up Coming Architecture Exhibitions to check

With Memorial Day just around the corner, your summer calendar is probably/ideally quickly populated with planned trips to the beach, backyard grilling, picnic appointments, intensive bug spray hikes in the woods and other warm-weather enjoyment. As always, the an editorial team is here to add a few suggestions for new and noteworthy art and architecture exhibitions to your bucket list this summer. (Planning to visit an air-conditioned museum or gallery is never a bad idea when the mercury is rising.)

Below you will find a small handful of new exhibitions to see and coming up on our radar that are worth exploring at the beginning of the summer, in places ranging from Chicago to Manhattan to West Hollywood. A Detroit-based digital exhibit is also included and can be enjoyed remotely from anywhere, no matter where your summer travels may take you.

536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

Open until September 3rd

How can we live together? Reset: Towards a New Commons, exhibited this summer at the Center for Architecture in New York, offers a number of answers. In collaboration with Barry Bergdoll and Juliana Barton and designed by Natasha Jen of Pentagram, the exhibition presents collective housing models that aim to reverse unfair planning practices. As was done with Bergdoll’s 2012 exhibition shielded: Rehousing the American Dream, the organizers lined up four interdisciplinary teams at four locations in cities across the country: in Berkeley, California, Irene Cheng, David Gissen and Chip Lord, et al., exploring housing for the disabled; In Oakland, the open WORKSHOP, Ignacio G. Galán and Karen Kubey,et al. imagine an infrastructure for elderly care; in East Harlem, Deborah Gans, Kate Levy and Pratt Institute students,et al., revitalizing public plays; and the architects, the Park Office and Sharon Egretta Sutton are decolonizing a Cincinnati suburb. Jack Murphy.

Architecture of repairs

AB Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Open until December

In March, the Chicago Architecture Biennale (CAB) opened a permanent gallery on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center to showcase programs over the years of the event. Riff Studio’s Architecture of Reparations, the space’s inaugural exhibition, explores how the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s south side was partially cleared to make way for the Illinois Institute of Technology (born the Armour Institute of Technology), whose campus was designed by Mies Van der Rohe in the after 1930s. ; its branched chronology continues to the present day. Architectural designs that respond to a request for proposals for housing in the region have been initiated and the project website includes a reading list, a questionnaire and a bibliography, as well as the original request for proposals, which itself deserves to be appreciated. JM

Designing Peace

The Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
Open from June 10th to September 4th

The premise of the conception of peace is quite obvious. Curated by Cynthia E. Smith with Caroline O’connell and featuring exhibitions by Höweler + Yoon and common-name graphics, the exhibition involves design in processes to reduce, if not eliminate, conflict. With the help of prompts, the duo organized the varied content of the exhibition—40 contributions from 25 countries, including models, life-size installations, maps and films. For example, how can design maintain safety in the community? How can design be used to eradicate the causes of conflict? How can design help facilitate the transition to peace in unstable contexts? And more curiously, can design involve a “creative confrontation”? Given the sad state of geopolitics, the conclusions and solutions presented in the conception of peace are more urgent than ever. JM

MAK Center for art and Architecture

Hotel Address: 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 900969
Open from May 28th to September 25th

In 1922, the Austrian architect Rudolph Schindler completed his low house on Kings Road in West Hollywood. Designed as a duplex for two couples (Schindler and his wife, Pauline, and their friends Clyde and Marion Chase), the residence has a cogwheel floor plan anchored by a single kitchen. The tilting concrete walls were a structural innovation, while the house itself, according to critic Esther McCoy, captured “the spirit of feminism and the whole revolutionary spirit of the time.”Today the property is maintained by the MAK Art and Architecture Center, which plans to celebrate the centennial with the exhibition Schindler House: 100 years in the making. At the invitation of MAK director Jia Yi Gu, artists such as Carmen Argote and Peter Shire will stage installations in the rooms of the house, which will complement the archival material in showcases. An additional program-seminars, reading groups, performances, edible shows and visits-will hold the festivities until the end of the summer. JM

Presented digitally by the Library Street Collective

1274 Library Street, Detroit, MI 48226
Open until July 16th

For the fourth edition of the SITE: Art and Architecture in the Digital Space series (read more about the inaugural exhibition in May 2020 here), the Library Street Collective, in collaboration with architectural photographer James Haefner, is turning to a new architectural monument in Detroit: the McGregor Memorial Conference Center designed by Minoru Yamasaki at Wayne State University, completed in 1958. During the exhibition, Yamasaki’s marble-clad modernist masterpiece will serve as a backdrop for the works of a diverse cohort of contemporary artists, including David Altmejd, Olga de Amaral, Radcliffe Bailey, Judy Bowman, Elmgreen & Dragset, Sam Friedman, Matt Kleberg, Paul Kremer, Alicja Kwade and Erwin Wurm. As the gallery noted, the SITE aims to “foster a unique digital connection between the visual arts and the built environment, integrating aspects of storytelling, architectural history and an artist’s unique perspective.”Ten percent of the proceeds from the works sold at the SITE: McGregor Conference Center will be donated to the local non-profit organization Humble Design Detroit. Matt Hickman

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