Curating China’s First Design Museum

China has one of the fastest growing design economies in the world. As the country strives to shift from a ‘made in China’ to a ‘created in China’ mode of production, new cultural institutions are being planned to support the country’s design turn. Brendan Cormier will discuss his experiences curating a V&A Gallery in China, in collaboration with Design Society, a new cultural hub which will open its doors in December of this year in Shenzhen.

September 12, 2017

U.S. Pavilion Announces Exhibitors at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Chicago, September 12, 2017–The curatorial team for Dimensions of Citizenship, the exhibition that will represent the United States in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, today announced the architects, landscape architects, and designers who will create work for the show. The seven commissioned exhibitors are:

September 8, 2017

"Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity Of Madness" Makes North American Debut at SAIC

CHICAGO–The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, announces the North American debut of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s exhibition “The Serenity of Madness.” Exploring threads of sociopolitical commentary, this new solo exhibition uniquely presents rarely seen short films and video installations by the Thai artist, alongside his photography, sketches and archival materials.

August 28, 2017

SAIC Announces Its Fall Line-Up Of Visiting Artists

CHICAGO—This fall, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will host a distinguished lineup of visiting artists who exemplify the boundary-blurring nature of contemporary art.

Welcome, New Full-Time Faculty

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SAIC’s new faculty members represent a diverse range of practices, media, and methodologies and exemplify SAIC’s focus on interdisciplinary studies.

From the late 19th-century women photographers established studios around the country creating images about their experiences. Many set up backdrops to resemble their family homes and their daily lives. During that time, only a small number of women were working as photographers but the few who worked as photographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries documented their families and friends. This lecture draws from my interests in women artists and photographers who explore personal and collective memories on beauty from early photography to now. Some of these artists reconfigure old family photographs, while others create entirely new images that reimagine the past. Central to experiencing memory is the image of Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of time and memory—she is often portrayed with a cloth draped over her body. Looking at the unclothed and clothed body by women working in the past has always created tension between conceptualizing and producing work about the female body.
 

June 23, 2017

SAIC Closes In On $50 Million Fundraising Goal

CHICAGO–The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, is closing in on a $50 million goal in its first-ever major public fundraising campaign, Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC. One year ago, SAIC President Elissa Tenny and Chancellor Walter Massey publicly announced the campaign. The effort has now raised $46.4 million, providing increased scholarship opportunities, faculty support and programming. 

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