HPAC, DuSable added to architecture biennial event

By Wendell Hutson
Contributing Writer

The Hyde Park Art Center and DuSable Museum are among five institutions that will be a part of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial celebration.

According to its website, the Chicago Architecture Biennial is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism through the production of exhibitions and public programs.

The event will be open to the public from Sept.16 to Jan. 7, 2018, said Todd Palmer, executive director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial based at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

The other institutions that are a part of the event include the Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

“The additions of these six ‘community anchors’ for the biennial will give people a different way of looking at the city beyond Downtown,” Palmer said. “It will also show how important Chicago is to the whole world.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel added that the expansion of the biennial to other neighborhoods would enhance Chicago’s reputation as world-class city.

“The addition of the six ‘community anchor’ sites will allow more architects and firms the opportunity to participate, provide more locations for visitors to see global architecture ideas and work, and give visitors a new opportunity to explore the neighborhoods of our great city,” Emanuel said. “Coming off of the success of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the City of Chicago is excited to be able to expand and highlight even more of the amazing work that was selected to participate in this year’s event.”

A $200,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust will be used to support the development and curation of the special programs and exhibitions that will be on display at the sites, according to Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust.

“Tourism on the South Side could use a boost and the upcoming biennial event could do just that,” said Allison Quinn, director of exhibits & residency programs for the Hyde Park Arts Center. “The architecture industry is thinking about the South Side and the exhibits at the Hyde Park Arts Center will show there are great buildings and history on the South Side.”

In addition to the great buildings, photographer Lee Bey, said there’s a lot of history not often talked about when it comes to the South Side.

“Black architects are seldom talked about but I hope to capture their [South Side] work in a photo exhibit,” said Bey, who is creating an exhibit titled “Chicago: A Southern Exposure” for the DuSable Museum in Washington Park.

According to Bey, the exhibit will include historical buildings in Hyde Park, Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Bronzeville, Roseland, Pullman, South Shore, and the Chatham neighborhood.