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Following Venice debut, American Framing heads to Prague and Chicago’s Wrightwood 659 Following Venice debut, American Framing exhibition heads to Prague and Chicago


American Framing, a College of Illinois Chicago (UIC)–commissioned exhibition that premiered at america Pavilion in the course of the 2021 Venice Structure Biennale, is hitting the highway.

As simply introduced by UIC, the Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner co-curated exhibition exploring the formidable (but additionally largely missed) position of wooden-framed development in American structure will make its stateside debut at Wrightwood 659, a Tadao Ando–designed exhibition area that debuted in 2018 Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Opening on Could 6 and on view by July 16, the exhibition will function a site-specific set up newly designed by Andersen and Preissner that can be realized in Wrightwood 659’s atrium.

Per a press launch, the three-story set up will introduce guests to “this quintessential architectural type” whereas anchoring the exhibition with “an abstraction of a wood-framed constructing, exaggerating the shape and inverting the roof.” Along with the hovering set up, the exhibition may also function scale fashions of historic, wood-framed buildings researched and constructed by UIC college students. In response to UIC, these fashions embody constructions that had been too massive or complicated to be realized on the U.S. Pavilion for the Biennale. Additionally on view can be commissioned pictures by UIC alumnus Chris Robust and Daniel Shea and home lumber furnishings designed by UIC college students in collaboration with Ania Jaworska, Medical Assistant Professor on the UIC College of Structure, in addition to with Norman Kelley, a Chicago and New Orleans-based structure and design collaborative led by Thomas Kelley, assistant professor at UIC, and Carrie Norman.

“Wooden framing is the good forgotten foundation of American structure. It’s particularly thrilling to deliver this challenge to our audiences right here in Chicago whereas persevering with to construct consciousness of this typically dismissed or ignored type of development globally,” mentioned Preissner, a professor at UIC who, as talked about, served as co-curator of American Framing alongside fellow UIC school member Andersen. He’s additionally the founding father of the self-described “fairly good” Chicago-area observe Paul Preissner Architects.

Along with its homecoming of kinds at Woodwood 659, American Framing may also be reinstalled at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, an architecture-focused gallery in Prague, for a concurrent exhibition operating from April 28 by June 24. As detailed by UIC, that iteration of American Framing will deliver collectively key components of the unique presentation in Venice together with student-built scale fashions and Robust and Shea’s pictures. A brand new, site-specific set up may also be constructed outdoors of the gallery area within the historic coronary heart of the Czech capital metropolis. A collection of academic outreach packages held at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera and at quite a lot of universities and different studying hubs may also be launched to enrich the re-staged exhibition.

What’s extra, a e-book entitled American Framing: The Identical One thing for Everybody can be set for publication by Park Books this June.

As UIC notes in its press launch:

“The publication is a visible and textual exploration of the circumstances and penalties of wooden framing and sheds new mild on this quintessentially American technique of development. Richly illustrated by a complete archive of historic pictures of wooden framing, commissioned images by Daniel Shea and Chris Robust, and plans, drawings, and images of the presentation in Venice, the textual content contains authentic essays by UIC School Paul Preissner, Paul Andersen, and Penelope Dean, and the architect and curator Dan Handel in addition to narratives connecting wooden framing to widespread tradition and reprints of notable articles on the architectural type.”

“As educators and practising architects, Paul and I typically discover how unusual structure could be a platform for brand spanking new concepts and discourse,” mentioned Andersen, who, along with his position as UIC Medical Affiliate Professor, is director of Denver- and Chicago-based observe Unbiased Structure. “By extending this challenge with new shows, American Framing continues to broaden our understanding of the historical past, significance, and potentialities of wooden framing.”

Particulars for each the Chicago and Prague exhibitions are as follows:

American Framing at Wrightwood 659, introduced by Alphawood Exhibitions in cooperation with the College of Illinois Chicago.

Could 6–July 16, 2022
659 W. Wrightwood, Chicago, IL 60614
Media Preview: Could 6, 11 a.m.
Open Hours: Fridays, 12-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Advance tickets required.

American Framing at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, made attainable by The Bureau of Academic and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Division of State.

April 28 – June 24, 2022
Betlémské náměstí 5a, 110 00 Prague, Czechia
Open Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.



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