Visit to the Chicago Biennial
I recently made a visit to the Chicago Cultural Center to take in the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The exhibit in the Cultural Center is only one part of the Biennial, but limited time made visits to some of the other sites impossible. It gives me a reason to go back.
There has been a lot of opinions expressed in the press about the Biennial, the most recent one to come across my desk was a piece in The Architects Newspaper entitled “Debating Schumacher’s Chicago Biennial Criticism”. Another one I would recommend is Arch Daily’s 15 Must See Installations at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. I tried to read up on the event before visiting, and I found it hard to understand how the whole event is organized, other than what’s in the Cultural Center. I’m still not sure I comprehend the scope of the event. I also don’t think that matters. You can try and figure it out online, but it doesn’t compare with an actual visit. Go. It’s great. Only in Chicago.
I believe the Biennial was put together with more of a view towards the general public than the architectural community. That’s a good thing. We are a pretty insular group.
Below are some of my highlights: