Recently Zoë Ryan and Matylda Krzykowski drove to Milwaukee to see the exhibition "Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America" in the Art Museum. It was the first occasion for them to spend time exchanging their thoughts on their work and sharing their methods, other than the brief moments that they had previously spent together between biennials and international design weeks. A ride in the car is a sure-fire way to find out more, simply because there are fewer distractions.
Exhibitions are mediums to challenge the prevailing standards and protocols of design and architecture discourse – its practice and education. In this program, Zoë Ryan and Matylda Krzykowski will continue to discuss institutional and non-institutional forms of exhibitions, how they made history and how they affected the disciplines. The two curators will also speak about formats that don’t exist yet, because they still wonder if an exhibition in the car, where everyone moves towards something together, actually makes sense.
Zoë Ryan is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. A curator and author, her projects focus on exploring the impact of architecture and design on society.
Matylda Krzykowski is the Mitchell Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A curator, designer, and art director, her work focuses on collaborative and performative projects in physical and digital space.