April 23, 2018

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fashion 2018 Runway Show and Exhibition Challenges Viewers to Engage with Fashion

Students from the Department of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will make a bold statement when their designs hit the runway at the School’s annual fashion show and exhibition on May 4.

Judy Chicago in front of the Dinner Party

April 19, 2018

Judy Chicago to Deliver Commencement Address at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SAIC will welcome celebrated artist Judy Chicago to deliver the School’s commencement address on Monday, May 14, at Wintrust Arena. 

April 12, 2018

Commissioners of the U.S. Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice Share Exhibition Details at Send-Off Event

Commissioner Mark Kelly, of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, joined School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) President Elissa Tenny and University of Chicago (UChicago) President Robert J. Zimmer at a sendoff Tuesday for the U.S. Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018, also known as the Venice Architecture Biennale.

April 10, 2018

SAIC Students Launch Uniquely Designed Collection at Milan Design Week

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, announced the launch of Potluck, a collection of uniquely designed objects created by students studying in the School’s Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) department. The collection will be revealed at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week in Italy, April 17–22.

Display Date: 

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019
Tuesdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Announcing New Class for 2018-2019: WORLD ON FIRE: 1968-Now

A half century on, this class examines the intersection of art, design, and politics in 1968, the mythic year of global upheaval. Nearly simultaneously, signal events erupted on multiple continents: "May 1968" in France, the Tet Offensive, the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico City, riots at the Democratic National Convention here in Chicago, the Soviet Union?s invasion of Czechoslovakia, and Mao Zedong's "Up to the Mountains, Down to the Countryside" movement. The course draws connections to recent events and to what we might broadly call "the contemporary." The class is team-taught by four members of the art history faculty each semester in order to draw on their individual areas of expertise, and has units that focus on the art, design, and history of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Innovative in its structure, the class begins each meeting with a shared presentation for all students that is followed by small seminars led by the teaching faculty. 

This class can be taken as either a fall or spring stand-alone course or as a single year-long intensive study, since the teaching faculty and course material vary by semester. There is a dedicated seminar for graduate students. Standard art history learning goals, course objectives, and assessment practices apply.

Fall 2018: Faculty teaching the class are Delinda Collier (SAIC Scholars section), Nora Taylor (graduate section), Seth Kim-Cohen, and Mechtild Widrich

Select topics include:

The Vietnam War in US and Vietnamese Art
The Wall and Iron Curtain (a divided Germany)
Expanded Practices and Urban Activism
Steven Biko and Black Consciousness
1967 First World Festival of Negro Art
Chicago '68
Screenings: The Year of the Pig, The Act of Killing, The Night James Brown Saved Boston, Medium Cool
Spring 2019: Faculty teaching the class are David Raskin (graduate section), Jennifer D. Lee, Sampada Aranke, and Bess Williamson

Select readings and topics include:
cultural revolution in China and its (mis)interpretations

Black Power in the US and Africa
Hippie Modernism
Origins of Social Design
Dropouts and Cults
Screenings: Easy Rider, 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)

Day of Service

Join us on March 30 for SAIC’s third annual day of service dedicated to the Homan Square community.

March 12, 2018

U.S. Pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2018 Announces Details of Architects’ Projects for Dimensions of Citizenship

Chicago, March 13, 2018—The U.S. Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and The University of Chicago (UChicago), today announced new details about the exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship. The exhibition’s curators have commissioned seven architecture practices to explore how citizenship may be defined, constructed, enacted, contested, or expressed in the built environment at seven different spatial scales.


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