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Our "Architecture Is Art" program examined the relationship between architecture and art. “What do you See?” is one way that we shared this concept by asking people to draw two iconic Chicago buildings during Open House Chicago, while paying attention to their artistic design and the elements that visual artists consider when creating their own works. These wonderful sketches were the result. Enjoy!

 
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Saturday, October 5

Architecture is Art: Architectural Digital Photography Workshop

Dave Burk, Hedrich Blessing Photographer

Bring your digital camera or cell phone camera and spend the day with architectural photographer Dave Burk from Hedrich Blessing Architectural Photography exploring an architectural structure as “fine art” through making photographic images. Workshop participants will study the building form of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing from varied perspectives and lighting situations to create/sketch multiple photographic compositions. Each participant will have the opportunity to curate/share/and download his or her five best images for a group critique and discussion. 

 

 

Sunday, November 10

CAF Family Studio Sundays: Skyscrapers in Art Studio

Join us in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio for an exciting day of art and learning! Families are invited to  make their own art masterpieces inspired by Chicago buildings.  All the materials will be provided!

Suitable for families with children ages 8-13.

TIME: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
COST: Free. No registration required.
LOCATION: 224 S. Michigan Avenue: CAF Design Studio

     
 

 

 

Saturday, November 16

Teen Program: Saturdays in the  Studio

We walk through our daily lives experiencing architecture, but did you ever stop to think of these buildings as pieces of art? What architecture qualifies as artwork, if any?

In this studio, we will explore what makes architecture and its elements true works of art. We will even create our own art masterpieces, inspired by the architecture of Chicago's great buildings.

Intended for high school students.

TIME: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
COST:
Free. No registration required.
LOCATION:
224 S. Michigan Avenue: CAF Design Studio

 
Jaume Plensa. Photo: Laura Medina


Architecture Is Art is supported by awards from:

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Additional funding is provided by Richard and Mary Gray, Sandra and Jack Guthman, Dirk Lohan, the Irving Harris Foundation.

 

November 20, 2013

Architecture is Art...Is Architecture Art?
Jaume Plensa in conversation with Reed Kroloff

 

Barcelona based conceptual artist Jaume Plensa has produced a rich body of work over the past 30 years and is best known in Chicago for Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. Plensa discusses his practice and engages in a dialogue with moderator Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum, about art and architecture.

The Architecture Is Art talks series examines the intersections and blurred boundaries between the professional practice and creative process of architects and contemporary artists. The series explores how architects and artists identify their work, where they turn for inspiration, how their process and presentation materials are interpreted, and when it’s useful or necessary to distinguish the disciplines of art and architecture for viewers.

Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA).

 

 
 
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All images courtesy Objective Cinema.


Architecture Is Art is supported by awards from:

NEA logo

Additional funding is provided by Richard and Mary Gray, Sandra and Jack Guthman, Dirk Lohan, the Irving Harris Foundation.

December 5, 2013

Film Screening: My Playground
A film about movement and urban space at SCREEN, The Wit Hotel

Created by Copenhagen-based filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schroder in collaboration with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG Architects, My Playground explores the ways in which traceurs – practitioners of parkour – interact and engage with the built environment. Mainly set in Copenhagen (with footage shot in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China), the film follows Danish performance group Team JiYo as they athletically interact with Bjarke Ingels’ architecture. The result is a dynamic recording and experience of urban space, challenging perceptions and illustrating the potential of the modern city.

“Whenever you do a building or an urban space you contribute to the future life of the city and in doing that you contribute to the future of the culture and the lifestyle of the inhabitants…'My Playground' is a film of course about parkour but is also very much how public life and architecture are intricately linked.”
-Bjarke Ingels

51 minutes, documentary, subtitles: Danish, English, Chinese

View the trailer for My Playground on Vimeo.

 
W57 by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)


Architecture Is Art is supported by awards from:

NEA logo

Additional funding is provided by Richard and Mary Gray, Sandra and Jack Guthman, Dirk Lohan, the Irving Harris Foundation.

 

December 11, 2013

Architecture is Art...Is Architecture Art?
Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)

 

Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), a Copenhagen- and New York-based group of architects, designers, and builders. He discusses the firm’s creative process and the art involved in architecture.

The Architecture Is Art talks examine the intersections and blurred boundaries between the professional practice and creative process of architects and contemporary artists. The series explores how architects and artists identify their work, where they turn for inspiration, how their process and presentation materials are interpreted, and when it’s useful or necessary to distinguish the disciplines of art and architecture for viewers.

Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA).

 


Architecture Is Art is supported by awards from:

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Additional funding is provided by Richard and Mary Gray, Sandra and Jack Guthman, Dirk Lohan, the Irving Harris Foundation.




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Wed, 05 Nov 2014
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