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The CAC descends from a long line of comparable architectural displays, stretching back more than 200 years. In this two-part class, historian and author John Zukowsky leads a discussion on the traditions and trends in exhibiting architecture.

$40 public
$25 CAC members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

This class will help you place the CAC’s installations within a broader context of architectural exhibits, both locally and internationally.

Program Speaker: John Zukowsky

John Zukowsky

John Zukowsky has more than four decades of museum experience in Chicago, New York and Ohio. As founding curator of the Department of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1978 to 2004, he organized a number of award-winning exhibitions and books. He was a curatorial consultant for the CAC’s new exhibits, and has authored recent titles such as Why On Earth Would Anyone Build That, Building Chicago and Architecture Inside-Out.


Part I

International historic survey of great architecture exhibits inside and out, including:

A. Soane Museum, London, 1833
B. Crystal Palace, Sydenham, 1854 – Medieval Architecture
C. Victoria and Albert Museum, plaster cast gallery (1873)
D. Plan of Chicago (1909) and Chicago Tribune Tower (1922) traveling exhibits
E. Open Air Museums: Colonial Williamsburg in the 1920s
F. Housing exhibits: Weissenhof Siedlung, Stutgart (1927) and Chicagoland Homes (1945)
G. MOMA: The International Style, Built in USA, and the postwar USIA and CIA
H. The Kitchen Debate, Moscow (1959) and Cold War World’s Fairs
I. Venice Biennale, the American Bi-Centennial, and Chicago Architects (1976) in the ‘70s

Part II

Comparing and Contrasting: Two Local Case Studies

A. Past Forward—Architecture and design installations from the Art Institute of Chicago's permanent collection.
B. Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America—A temporary exhibition at the Chicago History Museum.

AIA/CES Credit: 4 LUs (2 per week)

  • Single ticket purchase includes both dates in the series, January 18 and 25, 2019.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center on each day of the program. View the CAC's hours.
  • Discount tickets are available with a valid student ID for $20 at the CAC Box Office.
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