CURRENCIES OF ARCHITECTURE
A competition, exhibit and series of events questioning the state of the art of architecture today. This partner program for the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial celebrates the Chicago Architectural Club's 130th Anniversary.
This effort was realized through the close collaboration between the Chicago Architectural Club, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Tigerman McCurry Architects, The Art Institute of Chicago and with the generous support of AIA Chicago and the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
FLEXIBLE EXHIBITION SPACE
Strawn + Sierralta collaborates with Carlo Parente and Elva Rubio as co-chairs for the Chicago Architectural Club.
The exhibition features select drawings and writings from the 2015 Burnham Competition, a section honoring a local legend, Stanley Tigerman, and his 1976 image “The Titanic”, and an installation composed of an array of reconfigurable tables. The tables are deployed across the gallery space at the Chicago Architecture Foundation to support a wide range of activities, including workshops, lectures, education outreach and other events.
Strawn + Sierralta partnered with Carlo Parente to develop the "The Titanic" table concept, the idea of the "Come to the Table" series, as well as, the design and content strategy of the exhibition. Elva Rubio, Carl Ray Miller and Martin Klaschen worked alongside Stanley Tigerman to collect artifacts that span his illustrious career to complement the exhibition of his 1976 image "The Titanic" and "The Epiphany", the contemporary response he created specifically for "Currencies of Architecture".
COME TO THE TABLE
"The Titanic" table enables the space to become a platform for multiple events throughout the season.
Events included a panel with educators from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Penelope Dean, Associate Professor), IIT's College of Architecture (Vedran Mimica, Associate Dean), and the School of the Art Institute (Ben Nicholson, Professor); a round table on "Changing Practices & Generations" with Carol Ross Barney, Ross Barney, David Woodhouse and Andy Tinucci; and the unveiling of Stanley Tigerman's new image "The Epiphany" to a standing room only discussion.
"This generation of thinkers is beyond icons. I don't think we live in an iconic age at all. None of these (competition entries) show iconic thinking. I don't think we have the mechanism to believe in icons."
— BEN NICHOLSON, PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE
RE-IMAGINING AN ICONIC IMAGE
The 2015 Burnham Prize competition challenged a new generation of architects and designers to create a single image that explored the question, "What is the state of the art of architecture today?".
CAC co-presidents, Carl Ray Miller and Martin Klaschen designed and organized the competition and assembled a prestigious jury composed of Penelope Dean (UIC), Zurich Esposito (AIA), Peter Exley (SAIC), Vedran Mimica (IIT), , Ben Nicholson (SAIC) and Zoe Ryan (The Art Institute).
CELEBRATING A CHICAGO ICON
"The Titanic" table installation was auctioned to support future programming by the Chicago Architectural Club.
Stanley Tigerman revived the CAC in the 1970's, serving as its president from 1976-1979, and has supported its work ever since. Working with The Art Institute, whose permanent collection holds "The Titanic", he provided access to his image for the 2015 Burnham Prize and for use within the exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The 24 individual panels that make up the installation were sold at a silent auction upon the exhibition's closing to support the CAC.
"This is a watershed period of great change... it is exciting to see things passed into new hands, onto the youngest generation and see what they do with it."
— STANLEY TIGERMAN, TIGERMAN MCCURRY ARCHITECTS