January 16, 2008
by Canadian Architect
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents this roundtable and lecture on February 17th to 18th, 2008. The two-day series of events is 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 Sunday, February 17th roundtable begins at 3:30pm, and 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 Monday, February 18th at 6:00pm, 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.”
All events take place in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 111 S. Michigan Avenue. Admission is free.