How might architecture and design respond to, shape, and express the paradoxical conditions of citizenship today? That is the question several Chicago-based artists and others sought to answer through their participation in the U.S. entry to the recently-concluded 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, co-commissioned by the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dimensions of Citizenship will be on view for the first time in the United States at Wrightwood 659, presented in Chicago by the Alphawood Foundation in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago.
Through works by different teams of architects, designers, and artists, Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos explored the idea of citizenship in seven graduated scales:Citizen, Civitas, Region, Nation, Globe, Network, and Cosmos.
We invite you to visit the Dimensions of Citizenship Dome—created by UChicago to highlight the exhibition. The Dome invites you to probe questions surrounding citizenship. To think more deeply about the city you live in and those around you. Come on in and snap a selfie, learn about the artists’ works, and consider what citizenship means to you.
Founded and led by Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urban design practice with numerous architectural projects throughout Chicago, including the Writer’s Theater, University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons, and Aqua Tower.
A visual artist based in Bridgeport, Chicago, Amanda Williams grew up in Chicago’s South Side and trained as an architect. Her work investigates color, race, and space in the city while blurring the conventional line between art and architecture.
Andres L. Hernandez is an artist who explores ways that private and public spaces are used to promote and sustain injustice. His work often takes the form of archival research, writing, public programming, participatory workshops, creative place-making, and ephemeral interventions and performances within the built environment.
Shani Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist who received her BFA in film production from Howard University in 2011. Her work centers on cultural coiffure, adornment, and beauty rituals as they relate to diasporic Africa, and how these practices function as tools to foster connectivity. She is best known for creating intricate cornrow hairstyles and capturing them as large photographic portraits.
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