September 19, 2015
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
This exhibition explores architect David Adjaye’s transformation of complex ideas into approachable and innovative structures that respond to local and global systems of culture, economics, and technology. Born in Tanzania in 1966 and raised in Ghana, the Middle East, and England, Adjaye works from offices in London, New York, Berlin and Accra. With projects worldwide, his practice defies cultural categories and geopolitical borders. The exhibition — comprising furniture, housing, public buildings and master plans — fills the first-floor Abbott Galleries and the second-floor Architecture and Design galleries in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing with drawings, sketches, models and building mock-ups. A specially commissioned film featuring Adjaye’s collaborators, an international roster of influential art world figures, brings his projects alive and makes clear the important role that Adjaye plays in contemporary architecture today.
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